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Feb 14 2008

Gwendolyn Brooks Strikes Straight

by Jimmy L

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Gwendolyn Brooks is one of my favorite poets.  Growing up in Chicago, Brooks took her inspiration from the local community and published her first collection of poems, A Street in Bronzeville, when she was only 28.  Her second collection of poetry, Annie Allen, won her the Pulitzer Prize, the very first one given to an African-American.  She was the Poet Laureate of Illinois and she used her position to promote poetry and help the younger generation.  She often visited hospitals, prisons and drug rehabilitation centers.

Here’s a poem of hers for you to enjoy this Valentine’s Day:

One Wants A Teller In A Time Like This

One wants a teller in a time like this

One’s not a man, one’s not a woman grown
To bear enormous business all alone.

One cannot walk this winding street with pride
Straight-shouldered, tranquil-eyed,
Knowing one knows for sure the way back home.
One wonders if one has a home.

One is not certain if or why or how.
One wants a Teller now:

Put on your rubbers and you won’t catch a cold
Here’s hell, there’s heaven.  Go to Sunday School
Be patient, time brings all good things–(and cool
Strong balm to calm the burning at the brain?)
Behold,
Love’s true, and triumphs; and God’s actual.

And here are some of her books that the library owns:

Bronzeville boys and girls / with pictures by Ronni Solbert.

To disembark

In Montgomery, and other poems

Conversations with Gwendolyn Brooks / edited by Gloria Wade Gayles

Report from part one (Biography)

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