Celestial Hobo: Poetry for people who don’t usually read it. (Poetry-readers welcome, too! Teach us some stuff that we don’t know.)
This month's book club pick is Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks.
The classic volume by the distinguished modern poet, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize, and recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, showcases an esteemed artist's technical mastery, her warm humanity, and her compassionate and illuminating response to a complex world.
"She is a very good poet, the only superlative I dare use in our time of misusage; compared...to the best of modern poets, she ranks high."--Harvey Curtis Webster
"When Miss Brooks...writes out of her heart, out of her rich and living background, out of her very real talent, then she induces almost unbearable excitement."--New York Times
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917--2000) is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Annie Allen and one of the most celebrated Black poets. She also served as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress--the first Black woman to hold that position. She was the poet laureate for the state of Illinois for over thirty years, a National Women's Hall of Fame inductee, and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her works include We Are Shining, Bronzeville Boys and Girls, A Street in Bronzeville, In the Mecca, The Bean Eaters, and Maud Martha. You can find out more about her at www.gwendolynbrooks.net.
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