“Look at what’s happening in this world. Every day there’s something exciting or disturbing to write about. With all that’s going on, how could I stop?”
– Gwendolyn Brooks
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an African-American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950. Brooks’ mother discovered Gwendolyn’s gift for writing when she was seven and encouraged her by exposing the girl to literature. After publishing her first poem in a children’s magazine at the age of thirteen, there was no looking back. Her poems ranged in style from traditional ballads and sonnets to poems using blues rhythms in free verse. Brooks picked the characters of her poems from ordinary life of struggle and poverty which is the reason her poems often seem too close to reality. Let’s celebrate this poet laureate and re-discover her poems as a poetic awakening.
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