Selected Poems (Paperback)

By Gwendolyn Brooks

Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 9780060882969, 176pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2006

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"Probably the finest black poet of the post-Harlem generation."
   — Robert F. Kiernan

Selected Poems is the classic volume by the distinguished and celebrated poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize, and recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. This compelling collection showcases Brooks’ technical mastery, her warm humanity, and her compassionate and illuminating response to a complex world.

About the Author

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917—2000) is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Annie Allen and one of the most celebrated Black poets. She also served as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress—the first Black woman to hold that position. She was the poet laureate for the state of Illinois for over thirty years, a National Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her works include We Are ShiningBronzeville Boys and Girls, A Street in Bronzeville, In the Mecca, The Bean Eaters, and Maud Martha. You can find out more about her at

Praise For Selected Poems

“More than any other nationally acclaimed writer, Brooks has remained in touch with the community she writes about.”
— Washington Post

“Probably the finest black poet of the post-Harlem generation.”
— Robert F. Kiernan

“From her poet’s craft bursts a whole gallery of wholly alive persons...Many a novelist cannot do so well in ten times the space.”
— Christian Science Monitor

“She is a very good poet, the only superlative I dare use in our time of misusage; the best of modern poets, she ranks high.”
— Harvey Curtis Webster

“When Miss Brooks...writes out of her heart, out of her rich and living background, out of her very real talent, then she induces almost unbearable excitement.”
— New York Times

“Miss Brooks has a very fine talent...a faculty which is becoming rare in contemporary poetry: an interest not merely in her own responses, but in other people as well.”
— Paul Engle