June 4, 2008

We real cool

I haven't read or thought about this poem by Gwendolyn Brooks since high school but for reasons unexplained it has been running through my head all day:


We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

-Gwendolyn Brooks

posted at 06:21 AM by raul

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06/04/08 05:06 PM

That poem always reminds me of a Curtis Mayfield song - or the song reminds me of the poem - Here but I'm Gone - very deep lyrics to that song.

06/05/08 11:10 AM

Had never heard of it but it's great. Now the rhythm will stay in my head too.

06/08/08 09:19 PM

This was one of the first modern poems I read in college, which both made me want to be a writer and made me realize how ridiculous the idea was ever to think it feasible to be a professional poet (I was 18).

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