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Selected Poems

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11/17/2009
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Summary

The classic volume by the distinguished modern poet, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize, and recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, showcases an esteemed artist's technical mastery, her warm humanity, and her compassionate and illuminating response to a complex world.

Table of Contents

A STREET IN BRONZEVILLE
A Street in Bronzeville
3(9)
kitchenette building
3(1)
the mother
4(1)
southeast corner
5(1)
hunchback girl: she thinks of heaven
5(1)
a song in the front yard
6(1)
the ballad of chocolate Mabbie
7(1)
the preacher: ruminates behind the sermon
8(1)
Sadie and Maud
8(1)
the independent man
9(1)
of De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln Cemetery
10(1)
the vacant lot
11(1)
The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith
12(7)
Negro Hero 19(14)
Gay Chaps at the Bar
22(11)
gay chaps at the bar
22(1)
still do I keep my look, my identity...
23(1)
my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell
23(1)
looking
24(1)
piano after war
24(1)
mentors
25(1)
the white troops had their orders but the Negroes looked like men
25(1)
firstly inclined to take what it is told
26(1)
"God works in a mysterious way"
27(1)
love note I: surely
27(1)
love note II: flags
28(1)
the progress
28(5)
ANNIE ALLEN
Notes from the Childhood and the Girlhood
33(5)
Clogged and soft and sloppy eyes
33(1)
Chicken, she chided early, should not wait
33(1)
After the baths and bowel-work, he was dead
34(1)
Late Annie in her bower lay
34(1)
The duck fats rot in the roasting pan
35(1)
"Do not be afraid of no"
36(1)
But can see better there, and laughing there
37(1)
The Anniad
38(12)
Think of sweet and chocoalte
38(12)
Appendix to the Anniad
50(2)
You need the untranslatable ice to watch
50(1)
The Certainty we two shall meet by God
51(1)
Oh mother, mother, where is happiness
51(1)
The Womanhood
52(17)
People who have no children can be hard
52(1)
What shall I give my children? who are poor
53(1)
And shall I prime my children, pray, to pray?
53(1)
First fight. Then fiddle. Ply the slipping string
54(1)
When my dears die, the festival-colored brightness
54(1)
Life for my child is simple, and is good
55(1)
Sweet Sally took a cardboard box
56(1)
A light and diplomatic bird
57(1)
Carried her unprotesting out the door
58(1)
They get to Benvenuti's. There are booths
59(2)
The dry brown coughing beneath their feet
61(1)
And if sun comes
62(1)
One wants a Teller in a time like this
63(1)
People protest in sprawling lightless ways
64(1)
Men of careful turns, haters of forks in the road
65(4)
THE BEAN EATERS
In Honor of David Anderson Brooks, My Father
69(1)
My Little 'Bout-town Gal
70(1)
Strong Men, Riding Horses
71(1)
The Bean Eaters
72(1)
We Real Cool
73(1)
Old Mary
74(1)
A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon.
75(6)
The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till
81(1)
Mrs. Small
82(3)
Jessie Mitchell's Mother
85(2)
The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock
87(3)
The Lovers of the Poor
90(4)
A Sunset of the City
94(2)
A Man of the Middle Class
96(3)
The Crazy Woman
99(1)
Bronzeville Man with a Belt in the Back
100(1)
A Lovely Love
101(1)
A Penitent Considers Another Coming of Mary
102(1)
Bronzeville Woman in a Red Hat
103(4)
In Emanuel's Nightmare: Another Coming of Christ
107(3)
The Ballad of Rudolph Reed
110(5)
NEW POEMS
Riders to the Blood-red Wrath
115(4)
The Empty Woman
119(1)
To Be in Love
120(2)
Of Robert Frost
122(1)
Langston Hughes
123(1)
A Catch of Shy Fish
124(5)
garbageman: the man with the orderly mind
124(1)
sick man looks at flowers
124(1)
old people working (garden, car)
125(1)
weaponed woman
125(1)
old tennis player
125(1)
a surrealist and Omega
126(1)
Spaulding and Francois
126(1)
Big Bessie throws her son into the street
127(2)
About Gwendolyn Brooks 129

Excerpts

Selected Poems

A Street in Bronzeville

to David and Keziab Brooks

kitchenette building

We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan,
Grayed in, and gray. "Dream" makes a giddy sound, not strong
Like "rent," "feeding a wife," "satisfying a man."

But could a dream send up through onion fumes
Its white and violet, fight with fried potatoes
And yesterday's garbage ripening in the hall,
Flutter, or sing an aria down these rooms

Even if we were willing to let it in,
Had time to warm it, keep it very clean,
Anticipate a message, let it begin?

We wonder. But not well! not for a minute!
Since Number Five is out of the bathroom now,
We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it.

Selected Poems. Copyright © by Gwendolyn Brooks. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Excerpted from Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks
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