Gwendolyn Brooks: We Real Cool

Gwendolyn Brooks is one of those very rare writers that can at once focus on a specific theme while managing to include the vastness of a shared experience. That’s a trait that’s certainly evident in “We Real Cool.” Rather than trying to introduce it myself, I’m going to defer to the poet herself.

Gwendolyn Brooks’ Intro to “We Real Cool.”

We Real Cool

          THE POOL PLAYERS. 
                   SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.

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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