We Real Cool

We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

~ Gwendolyn Brooks,1959

English: Gwendolyn Brooks, Miami Book Fair Int...
English: Gwendolyn Brooks, Miami Book Fair International, 1985 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was a poet, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize in literature,and the Inaugural Poet for Barack Obama’s first term.

“She was known around the world for using poetry to increase understanding about black culture in America.”

“Gwendolyn Brooks wrote many poems about being black during the nineteen forties and nineteen fifties. Her poems described conditions among the poor, racial inequality and drug use in the black community. She also wrote poems about the struggles of black women.”

~ Shirley Griffith, VOA interview 06/02/2012

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  1. Reblogged this on I see and commented:

    From my other blog at keepthings.wordpress.com
    Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was a poet, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize in literature,and the Inaugural Poet for Barack Obama’s first term.
    “She was known around the world for using poetry to increase understanding about black culture in America.”

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