Selected poems / Gwendolyn Brooks.
- Standardized Title:
- Poems. Selections
- First Perennial Classics edition
- New York : Perennial Classics, 1999.
- Perennial classic
xii, , 137,  pages ; 21 cm
- African Americans -- Poetry.
- Local subjects:
- Place of Publication:
- United States New York (State) New York (City)
- Selections from three earlier volumes reflect the distinguished poet's response to the realities of modern life.
- Street in Bronzeville: Street in Bronzville; Kitchenette building; Mother; Southeast corner; Hunchback girl: she thinks of heaven; Song in the front yard; Ballad of chocolate Mabbie; Preacher: ruminates behind the sermon; Sadie and Maud; Independant man; Of De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln cemetery; Vacant lot - Sundays of Satin-legs Smith
Negro hero. Gay chaps at the bar: Gay chaps at the bar; Still do I keep my look, my identity...; My dreams, my work, must wait till after hell; Looking; Piano after war; Mentors; White troops had their orders but the Negroes looked like men; Firstly inclined to take what it is told; "God works in a mysterious way"; Love note I: surely; Love note II: flags; Progress
Annie Allen: Notes from the childhood and the girlhood; Clogged and soft and sloppy eyes; Chicken, she chided early, should not wait; After the baths and bowel-work, he was dead; Late Annie in her bower lay; Duck fats rot in the roasting pan; "Do not be afraid of no"; But can see better there, and laughing there
Anniad: Think of sweet and chocolate
Appendix to the Anniad: You need the untranslatable ice to watch; Certainty we two shall meet by God; Oh mother, mother, where is happiness
Womanhood: People who have no children can be hard; What shall I give my children? who are poor; And shall I prime my children, pray, to pray?; First fight. Then fiddle. Ply the slipping string; When my dears die, the festival-colored brightness; Life for my child is simple, and is good; Sweet Sally took a cardboard box; Light and diplomatic bird; Carried her unprotesting out the door; They get to Benvenuti's. There are booths; Dry brown coughing beneath their feet; And If the sun comes; One wants a Teller in a time like this; People protest in sprawling lightless ways; Men of careful turns, haters of forks in the road
Bean Eaters: In honor of David Anderson Brooks, my father ; My little 'bout-town gal; Strong men, riding horses; Bean eaters; We real cool; Old Mary; Bronzeville mother loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi mother burns bacon; Last quatrain of the ballad of Emmett Till; Mrs. Small; Jessie Mitchell's mother; Chicago defender sends a man to Little Rock; Lovers of the poor; Sunset of the city; Man of the middle class; Crazy woman; Bronzeville man with a belt in the back; Lovely love; Penitent considers another coming of Mary; Bronzeville woman in a red hat; In Emanuel's nightmare: another coming of Christ; Ballad of Rudolph Reed
New poems: Riders to the blood-red wrath; Empty woman; To be in love; Of Robert Frost ; Langston Hughes; Catch of shy fish: Garbageman: Man with the orderly mind; Sick man looks at flowers; Old people working (garden, car); Weaponed woman; Old tennis player; Surrealist and Omega; Spaulding and Francois; Big Bessie throws her son into the street.
- Originally published in hardcover by Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1963.
"First Perennial Classics edition published 1999."
Contains "About Gwendolyn Brooks" (pages -137) by Hal Hager.
"Cover design © 1999 by Marc Cohen."
- Local notes:
- Kislak Center Banks Collection copy presented to the Penn Libraries in 2018 by Joanna Banks.
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copies 1 & 2)
Banks, Joanna (donor) (Banks Collection copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
Joanna Banks Collection of African American Books (University of Pennsylvania)
- 0060931744 (pbk.) :
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