The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks (American Poets Project)

The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks (American Poets Project)

Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Alexander


"If you sought after a poem," wrote Gwendolyn Brooks, "you merely needed to glance out of a window. there has been fabric continually, strolling or operating, struggling with or screaming or singing." From the lifetime of Chicago's South aspect she made a forceful and passionate poetry that fused Modernist aesthetics with African-American cultural culture, a poetry that registered the lifetime of the streets and the upheavals of the twentieth century. beginning with A road in Bronzeville (1945), her epoch-making debut quantity, the basic Gwendolyn Brooks strains the entire arc of her occupation in all its bold scope and unforeseen stylistic shifts.

"Her formal range," writes editor Elizabeth Alexander, "is such a lot notable, as she experiments with sonnets, ballads, spirituals, blues, complete and off-rhymes. She is little short of a technical virtuoso." That technical virtuosity used to be matched via a stressed interest in regards to the lifestyles round her in all its explosive sort. by means of turns compassionate, indignant, satiric, and psychologically penetrating, Gwendolyn Brooks's poetry keeps its energy to maneuver and shock.

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