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In this episode, Pete Stones talks with us about the poem that has been a friend to him – 'Old Mary' by Gwendolyn Brooks. Pete joined The Poetry Exchange at the Birmingham & Midland Institute - one of our first in-person exchanges since the pandemic. He is in conversation with Poetry Exchange team members, Fiona Bennett and John Prebble. 'Old Mary' is read by Pete Stones and Fiona Bennett. Old Mary by Gwendolyn Brooks My last defense Is the present tense. It little hurts me now to know I shall not go Cathedral-hunting in Spain Nor cherrying in Michigan or Maine. Reproduced by consent of Brooks Permissions.
Jane Wong reads Gwendolyn Brooks‘ ”when you have forgotten sunday: the love story”
The Poet Salon
Salami lovers, soup slurpers, and salad spinners—this week Jane Wong served up the one and only Gwendolyn Brooks. In this episode, you'll hear us eat up Brooks' "when you have forgotten sunday: the love story" JANE WONG is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything from Alice James Books and Overpour from Action Books. A Kunidman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart prize and fellowships and residencies from the US Fulbright program, Artist Trust, 4Culture, The Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, Hedgebrook, and more. GWENDOLYN BROOKS is one of the most highly regarded, influential, and widely read poets of 20th-century American poetry. She was a much-honored poet, even in her lifetime, with the distinction of being the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She also was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress—the first Black woman to hold that position—and poet laureate of the State of Illinois. Many of Brooks’s works display a political consciousness, especially those from the 1960s and later, with several of her poems reflecting the civil rights activism of that period. Her body of work gave her, according to critic George E. Kent, “a unique position in American letters. Not only has she combined a strong commitment to racial identity and equality with a mastery of poetic techniques, but she has also managed to bridge the gap between the academic poets of her generation in the 1940s and the young Black militant writers of the 1960s.” (read the rest here)
Lorraine Hansberry & Gwendolyn Brooks: Darlings of the White Liberal Establishment?
The Tight Rope
On the 62nd anniversary of the Broadway premiere (March 11, 1959) of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Dr. West and Professor Rose reflect on the Black literary tradition as they focus on the legacy of both Lorraine Hansberry and Gwendolyn Brooks as revolutionaries and exemplars who are often misunderstood as the “Darlings of the White Liberal Establishment.” The professors discuss the tension between the relation of love and freedom (interpersonal justice) on the one hand and the struggle for political and economic justice on the other while expertly explaining why and how some of the authors’ most popular works are still misinterpreted in the modern world as less revolutionary than they reveal themselves to be beneath the surface. Lorraine Hansberry was the first African-American female author to have a play performed on Broadway and is best known for her play A Raisin in the Sun. At the age of 29, she won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award — making her the first African-American dramatist, the fifth woman, and the youngest playwright to do so. Hansberry worked at the Pan-Africanist newspaper Freedom, with other intellectuals such as Paul Robeson and W. E. B. Du Bois. Much of her work during this time concerned the African struggle for liberation and their impact on the world. Hansberry's writings also discussed her lesbianism and the oppression of homosexuality. She died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 34 and was the inspiration behind Nina Simone’s famous song entitled "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", which was also the title of Hansberry's autobiographical play. Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the most highly regarded, influential, and widely read poets of 20th-century American poetry. She was a much-honored poet, even in her lifetime, with the distinction of being the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1950. She also was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress—the first Black woman to hold that position—and poet laureate of the State of Illinois until her death 32 years later. In 1976, she became the first African-American woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Authoring more than 20 books of poetry as well as a novel, Brooks was dedicated to celebrating the humanity of Black people and using her work as a vehicle for civil rights activism. *Read Tricia's article (2014) on 'A Raisin in the Sun' here!* Follow The Tight Rope on Social Media! Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Become a member of our Patreon family for BTS access and more exclusive content! You can join us on our Patreon! Full video version of this episode and others here! Previous video episodes on our Youtube! Credits: Creator/EP: Jeremy Berry EP/Host: Cornel West EP/Host: Tricia Rose Producers: Allie Hembrough, Ceyanna Dent Beats x Butter (IG: @Butter_Records) #TheTightRope #CornelWest #TriciaRose #SpkerBoxMedia
THREE POEMSby GWENDOLYN BROOKSTHE BEAN EATERSThey eat beans, mostly; this old yellow pair.Dinner is a casual affair.Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood,Tin flatware.Two who are Mostly Good.Two who have lived their day,But keep on putting on their clothesAnd putting things away.And remembering . . .Remembering, with twinkling and twinges,As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths, tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes. WE REAL COOLThe Pool Players.Seven at the Golden ShovelWe real cool. WeLeft school. WeLurk late. WeStrike straight. WeSing sin. WeThin gin. WeJazz June. WeDie soon.OLD MARYMy last defenseIs the present tense.It little hurts me now to knowI shall not goCathedral-hunting in SpainNor cherrying in Michigan or Maine.
Gorilla Glue Girl, Sis What Were You Thinking-FYI Gwendolyn Brooks
Talks With Cylendrea
I thought I have seen and heard it all, when I think my people can't do nothing more crazy then we get a situation, like people actually putting Gorilla Glue in their hair. For Your Information-I am blasting you guys with some culture, on Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks who is a very well known and respected poet. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cylendrea-walker/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cylendrea-walker/support
On the night that Gwendolyn Brooks learned that she would become the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, she was sitting in her living room on the Southside of Chicago with her nine-year-old son in the dark because the light bill hadn't been paid. By morning word had spread. A 32-year-old Black girl genius had secured the highest literary award in the land. Reporters descended on Gwendolyn's home and as they came, she sat petrified, not wanting to reveal to the journalist and cameramen that they would have no place to plug in their equipment. But God! When one of them came into the house and flipped on the switch without her knowing. The lights came on. Someone had gone down to the light company and paid the bill. Somebody out there today needs this exact story. Somebody needs to be reminded that its darkest right before dawn. Somebody needs to be reminded that there is still hope all around us. “We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.”Today’s walk is a story of celebration. Of what survived. A reminder that we are the #daughtersof praying Black women and that their prayers are what keeps the lights on. Through Gwendolyn’s story we will discover the stories of our great-great-grandmothers, women who fled the terrors of the Jim Crow South, with nothing but the traditions, faiths, and beliefs of their mamas, packed in their suitcases. Join GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp - The Prayer Edition at blackhistorybootcamp.com to receive specially curated emails with prayers, survival tips, speeches + dedicated songs to listen to for each episode. Together we will discover the stories of 21 spiritual warriors.Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music or interview excerpt played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here:God's Got a Blessing (with My Name on It!) - Norman Hutchins:https://open.spotify.com/track/208coS3K4leplVIBvrY6Pu?si=l1DCCZP-QLyYpHAV0LhpQgPrayer Will Fix It For You - LaShun Pace:https://open.spotify.com/track/5Li3n4gKfeQ5KKWggmUpom?si=bf-p4MmZRdSwuMFO8FUN3A
RIOT! Gwendolyn Brooks: Black Publishing, Essential Afrikanicity, Ice & Fire
Emotion Put Into Measure: Poetry Matters
The language of the unheard and the most sophisticated celebration of violence you've heard. A detailed look at Brooks as an "essential Afrikan" and the publication of RIOT. And, uncharacteristically, a touch of Beyoncé. Link to original book: http://eclipsearchive.org/projects/RIOT/Riot.pdf Sources Debo, A. "Reflecting Violence in the Warpland: Gwendolyn Brooks's 'Riot'." African American Review. 39.1/2 (2005): 143-152. --------. "Signifying "Afrika": Gwendolyn Brooks' Later Poetry. Callaloo. 29.1 (2006): 168-181. Sullivan, J.D. "Killing John Cabot and Publishing Black: Gwendolyn Brooks's 'Riot'." African American Review. 36.4 (2002): 557-569.