Poem of the Week: Gwendolyn Brooks

When you think of Gwendolyn Brooks, you’ll likely think of her most popular poem, “We Real Cool”. Brooks was the first black author to twin the Pulitzer Prize and was a much respected poet of her time. Most of her work raised political and social consciousness at a time in America where prejudice and injustice reigned freely. “We Real Cool” is a poem that you may have been exposed to in school, or on your own -and also a poem that makes you think. 

We Real Cool

The Pool Players


We real cool. We

Left school. We

Lurk late. We

Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We

Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We

Die soon.



Featured image courtesy of