We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

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Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an African-American poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community.

Brooks began writing at an early age and her mother encouraged her saying, ”You are going to be the lady Paul Laurence Dunbar.”After her early educational experiences, Brooks never pursued a four-year college degree because she knew she wanted to be a writer and considered it unnecessary. “I am not a scholar,” she later said. “I’m just a writer who loves to write and will always write.

Brooks published her first poem, “Eventide,” in a children’s magazine, American Childhood, when she was 13 years old. By the age of 16, she had already written and published approximately 75 poems. At 17, she started submitting her work to “Lights and Shadows,” the poetry column of the Chicago Defender, an African-American newspaper.

Brooks taught extensively around the country and held posts at  several universities including Columbia College Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago State University, and several others. Gwendolyn Brooks died in 2000.

We Real Cool

by Gwendolyn Brooks


We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.






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