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  • Copyright: 1999-03-12
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The classic volume by the distinguished modern poet and winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize that represents her technical mastery, her compassionate and illuminating response to a world that is both special and universal, and her warm humanity.

Table of Contents

A Street in Bronzevillep. 3
kitchenette buildingp. 3
the motherp. 4
southeast cornerp. 5
hunchback girl: she thinks of heavenp. 5
a song in the front yardp. 6
the ballad of chocolate Mabbiep. 7
the preacher: ruminates behind the sermonp. 8
Sadie and Maudp. 8
the independent manp. 9
of De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln Cemeteryp. 10
the vacant lotp. 11
The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smithp. 12
Negro Herop. 19
gay chaps at the barp. 22
still do I keep my look, my identity ...p. 23
my dreams, my works, must wait till after hellp. 23
lookingp. 24
piano after warp. 24
mentorsp. 25
the white troops had their orders but the Negroes looked like menp. 25
firstly inclined to take what it is toldp. 26
"God works in a mysterious way"p. 27
love note I: surelyp. 27
love note II: flagsp. 28
the progressp. 28
Notes from the Childhood and the Girlhoodp. 33
Clogged and soft and sloppy eyesp. 33
Chicken, she chided early, should not waitp. 33
After the baths and bowel-work, he was deadp. 34
Late Annie in her bower layp. 34
The duck fats rot in the roasting panp. 35
"Do not be afraid of no"p. 36
But can see better there, and laughing therep. 37
Think of sweet and chocolatep. 38
You need the untranslatable ice to watchp. 50
The Certainty we two shall meet by Godp. 51
Oh mother, mother, where is happinessp. 51
The Womanhoodp. 52
People who have no children can be hardp. 52
What shall I give my children? who are poorp. 53
And shall I prime my children, pray, to pray?p. 53
First fight. Then fiddle. Ply the slipping stringp. 54
When my dears die, the festival-colored brightnessp. 54
Life for my child is simple, and is goodp. 55
Sweet Sally took a cardboard boxp. 56
A light and diplomatic birdp. 57
Carried her unprotesting out the doorp. 58
They get to Benvenuti's. There are boothsp. 59
The dry brown coughing beneath their feetp. 61
And if sun comesp. 62
One wants a Teller in a time like thisp. 63
People protest in sprawling lightless waysp. 64
Men of careful turns, haters of forks in the roadp. 65
In Honor of David Anderson Brooks, My Fatherp. 69
My Little 'Bout-town Galp. 70
Strong Men, Riding Horsesp. 71
The Bean Eatersp. 72
We Real Coolp. 73
Old Maryp. 74
A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi, Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Baconp. 75
The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Tillp. 81
Mrs. Smallp. 82
Jessie Mitchell's Motherp. 85
The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rockp. 87
The Lovers of the Poorp. 90
A Sunset of the Cityp. 94
A Man of the Middle Classp. 96
The Crazy Womanp. 99
Bronzeville Man with a Belt in the Backp. 100
A Lovely Lovep. 101
A Penitent Considers Another Coming of Maryp. 102
Bronzeville Woman in a Red Hatp. 103
In Emanuel's Nightmare: Another Coming of Christp. 107
The Ballad of Rudolph Reedp. 110
Riders to the Blood-red Wrathp. 115
The Empty Womanp. 119
To Be in Lovep. 120
Of Robert Frostp. 122
Langston Hughesp. 123
A Catch of Shy Fishp. 124
garbageman: the man with the orderly mindp. 124
sick man looks at flowersp. 124
old people working (garden, car)p. 125
weaponed womanp. 125
old tennis playerp. 125
a surrealist and Omegap. 126
Spaulding and Francoisp. 126
Big Bessie throws ber son into the streetp. 127
About Gwendolyn Brooksp. 129
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