Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Happy Birthday Gwendolyn Brooks


Happy Birthday to late, Gwendolyn Brooks, an excellent poet and extraordinary woman.  I will always be inspired by her poetry.  I recently shared one of my favorites, We Real Cool, with a group of college freshman.  It was interesting to hear their interpretations.  Again, Happy Birthday Ms. Brooks.  At this moment, I am Jazzin’ June, but in a positive way.  Thank you for your creative concern and poetic protest...
Above Artwork by: Dirk Hagner [Gwendolyn Brooks, woodcut, 40 x 22.5 inches, hand printed on washi]

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5 comments:

Cergie said...

I can imagine how Gwendolyn Brooks is important for you, Stephen. Yesterday, on the 7th of June, Jorge Semprun, a writer very special for me, died. I read all his books.

gusDon said...

I also frequently read poetry, but only a few that bring inspiration to me, I think the work of Gwendolyn Brooks also great!
There's always inspiration there!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Yeah! She real cool in the best way possible.

What a fascinating life. She had cool parents too.

get zapped said...

It's nice to see a woman poet presented and such a powerful one at that. Love the woodcut, too!

Have a splendid weekend!

Stephen Bess said...

Cergie, I will look up Mr. Semprun. Thanks for sharing and always good to see you.

@Gus - thanks for your comment and welcome. Yes, Ms. Brooks was very talented. I love her work.

GG- Hey GG! Yes, nothing like supportive parents to help hone your talent.

GZ- I love the woodcut as well. I want to learn how to do it.

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