National Poetry Month Featured Book 5: Bronzeville Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks

As a suburban kid growing up in New England in the 1970s and 1980s, I thought of this book, first published in 1956, as a packet of letters from an exotic land (called “Chicago”) when I first discovered it. Yet its rhythms and repetitions have stayed with me. And in “Mexie and Bridie,” I found some of my favorite lines: “It’s out within the weather, / Beneath the clouds and sun. / And pausing ants have peeked upon, / As birds and God have done.” 

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