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Gwendolyn Brooks - Poems

Poems online from the works of African American poet Gwendolyn Brooks. This page includes links to the full text of Brooks poems and to essays and other analysis of specific poems. Her writings about inner city life, informed by her own years living in segregated society and later racially divided Chicago, earned her a Pulitzer Prize and a position as poet laureate of Illinois.

The Ballad of Rudolph Reed
Poem text.

The Ballad of Rudoph Reed: Comments
Comments from critics.

The Bean Eaters
Poem text.

A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi.
Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother burns bacon" -- Poem text.

The Boy Died in My Alley: Essay
Essay by Craig Werner.

The Crazy Woman
Poem text.

garbageman: the man with the orderly mind
Poem text.

Gay Chaps at the Bar
Essay by James Smethurst.

Gay Chaps at the Bar: Comments
Comments from critics.

Gay Chaps at the Bar: Essay
An essay by Susan Schweik.

The Good Man
Poem text.

the independant man
Poem text.

my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell
Poem text.

of De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln Cemetery: Comment
Comment by Kathryne V. Lindberg.

Sadie and Maud
Poem text.

the sonnet-ballad
Poem text.

Speech to the Young : Speech to the Progress-Toward
Poem text.

A Sunset of the City
Poem text.

to the Diaspora
Poem text.

To the Diaspora: Essay
Essay by John F. Callahan.

We Real Cool
Poem text.

We Real Cool (The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel.)
Poem text.

We Real Cool: Comments
Comments from critics.

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