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Black History Month Poem about Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on May 1, 1950, for Annie Allen, making her the first African American to receive the Pulitzer.

My daughter Marieangelis is quite the artist herself, but for Black History Month, she wrote a poem for Gwendolyn Brooks.  Gwendolyn Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on May 1, 1950, for Annie Allen, making her the first African American to receive the Pulitzer. In this poem, my daughter Marieangelis put two of Gwendolyn’s poem names in the poem itself. How unique, I hope you like it!

 

Gwendolyn Brooks

Inspired countless crowds

Impacted messages so loud

With the power of a book

 

A difference in each piece

Themes reflecting variety

Inspiration stemmed

from a vivid reality

 

From the irreplaceable space

that inhabited a now-vacant lot

To the curiosity of life

from a song in the front yard

 

In every stanza written fine

What we’ll find

Is a deeper meaning

Hidden between each line

 

Maybe a different perspective

A glance to the other side

learning from truth and deception

Is a way we can rise

 

For other poets or writers

Their meanings are cut and dry

But the masterpieces that Gwen paints with words

Is what earned her a Pulitzer Prize

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