The Professors: Gwendolyn Brooks

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August 15, 2016 by T.E. Grau


We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We
Jazz June. We
Die soon.
(“We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, written in 1959 and published in 1960 in her third collection of poetry titled The Bean Eaters)
Gwendolyn Brooks and her 24 words.
If I ever ascend to the level of writing mastery where I can make every single hair on a person’s body stand on end with a mere two dozen words, I will then quickly retire. Until then, the journey, the lessons, the learning, the training continue…

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