Gwendolyn Brooks Poems

Gwendolyn Brooks was a highly influential poet and the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She was also one of the most widely-read poets of the 20th century, penning poems like the mother,’ ‘We Real Cool,’ and The Bean Eaters.’ She wrote more than 20 books of poetry during her lifetime. She passed away in 2000. Read more about Gwendolyn Brooks.

Primer for Blacks

by Gwendolyn Brooks

‘Primer For Blacks’ by Gwendolyn Brooks speaks on the necessity of accepting one’s black heritage and a possible unified future for all black people.

Sadie and Maud

by Gwendolyn Brooks

‘Sadie and Maud’ by Gwendolyn Brooks is a poem about finding happiness, dealing with sexism, and society’s expectations. It features the stories of two sisters-Maud and Sadie who take different paths in life. 

the sonnet-ballad

by Gwendolyn Brooks

‘the sonnet-ballad’ appears in the poetry collection “Annie Allen” by Gwendolyn Brooks. This poem centers on the theme of horror and the pity of war.

To a Dark Girl

by Gwendolyn Brooks

‘To a Dark Girl’ by Gwendolyn Bennett is a moving and inspiring poem that seeks to uplift Black girls and women and remind them of their beauty and strength. 

We Real Cool

by Gwendolyn Brooks

‘We Real Cool’ by Gwendolyn Brooks describes the lives of seven pool players who lurk in the night, don’t go to school and plan on dying soon. 

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