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9781931082877

The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks

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  • ISBN13:

    9781931082877

  • ISBN10:

    1931082871

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-02-28
  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE

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Since she began publishing her tight lyrics of Chicago's South Side in the 1940s, Gwendolyn Brooks took her place as one of the most influential American poets of the twentieth century, distilling modernist style through the sounds and shapes of a variety of African-American forms and idioms. Now, Elizabeth Alexander, one of our leading experts on African-American literature and culture, presents a sweeping new selection of Brooks's poetry that moves from her earliest work-including many of her important World War II poems-through the social and aesthetic upheavals of the 1960s up to her death in 2000.

Table of Contents

Kitchenette buildingp. 1
The motherp. 2
Hunchback girl : she thinks of heavenp. 3
A song in the front yardp. 4
The ballad of chocolate Mabbiep. 5
The preacher : ruminates behind the sermonp. 6
Sadie and Maudp. 6
When you have forgotten Sunday : the love story of De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln Cemeteryp. 9
The vacant lotp. 10
The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smithp. 10
Negro herop. 16
Ballad of Pearl May Leep. 18
Gay chaps at the barp. 23
Still do I keep my look, my identity ...p. 23
My dreams, my works, must wait till after hellp. 24
Lookingp. 25
Mentorsp. 25
The white troops had their orders but the Negroes looked like menp. 26
Love note / I : surelyp. 26
The progressp. 27
The birth in a narrow roomp. 28
Maxie Allenp. 29
The parents : people like our marriage : Maxie and Andrewp. 30
Sunday chickenp. 30
Old relativep. 31
Downtown vaudevillep. 32
The ballad of late Anniep. 32
Throwing out the flowersp. 33
"Do not be afraid of no"p. 34
"Pygmies are pygmies still, though percht on Alps"p. 35
My own sweet goodp. 35
The Anniadp. 36
Appendix to The Anniadp. 47
The children of the poorp. 49
The rites for cousin Vitp. 52
I love those little booths at Benvenuti'sp. 52
Beverly Hills, Chicagop. 54
"One wants a teller in a time like this"p. 56
"Men of careful turns, haters of forks in the road"p. 57
Strong men, riding horsesp. 59
The bean eatersp. 60
We real coolp. 60
Old Maryp. 61
A Bronzeville mother loiters in Mississippi : meanwhile, a Mississippi mother burns baconp. 61
The last quatrain of the ballad of Emmett Tillp. 68
The Chicago Defender sends a man to Little Rockp. 68
The lovers of the poorp. 71
The crazy womanp. 74
A lovely lovep. 75
Bronzeville woman in a red hatp. 75
Bessie of Bronzeville visits Mary and Norman at a beach-house in New Buffalop. 78
The ballad of Rudolph Reedp. 79
The egg boilerp. 82
A catch of shy fishp. 83
Boy breaking glassp. 88
Medgar Eversp. 89
Malcom Xp. 90
The Chicago Picassop. 91
The wallp. 92
The Blackstone rangersp. 94
The sermon on the warplandp. 97
The second sermon on the warplandp. 98
Riotp. 100
The third sermon on the warplandp. 101
The life of Lincoln Westp. 106
To Don at Salaamp. 112
Paul Robesonp. 113
The boy died in my alleyp. 114
Steam songp. 116
Elegy in a rainbowp. 117
Primer for blacksp. 118
To those of my sisters who kept their naturalsp. 120
The near-Johannesburg boyp. 122
Shorthand possiblep. 124
Infirmp. 125
The Coora flowerp. 126
Nineteen cows in a slow line walkingp. 127
I am a blackp. 128
Uncle Seagramp. 129
Abruptlyp. 131
An old black woman, homeless, and indistinctp. 132
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