On Gwendolyn Brooks

August 20, 2017

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“In the world of poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks is recognized as pioneer, teacher, benefactor, and hierophant and lauded for her intellectual prowess, her social consciousness, and her spiritual wealth. She knows the depth of the words of Langston Hughes, when he states, “We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.” This quote from “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain,” printed in 1926, points to the resiliency and tenacity of Brooks who echoes, in her own words, “Do not be afraid of no.”

-from “On Gwendolyn Brooks: Reliant Contemplation,” edited by Stephen Caldwell Wright

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