Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000) was an African-American poet. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950 and was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1985.

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    He had come down, He said, to clean the earth
    Of the dirtiness of war.
    Now tell of why His power failed Him there?
    His power did not fail. It was that, simply,
    He found how much the people wanted war.
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)

    Now who could take you off to tiny life
    In one room or in two rooms or in three
    And cork you smartly, like the flask of wine
    You are? Not any woman. Not a wife.
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)

    Such as boxed
    Their feelings properly, complete to tags
    A box for dark men and a box for Other
    Would often find the contents had been scrambled.
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)

    Think of sweet and chocolate,
    Left to folly or to fate,
    Whom the higher gods forgot,
    Whom the lower gods berate;
    Physical and underfed
    Fancying on the featherbed ...
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)

    My Father, it is surely a blue place
    And straight. Right. Regular.
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)