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        Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

In Honor of David Anderson Brooks,
My Father

                              JULY 30, 1883-NOVEMBER 21, 1959

First Line: A dryness is upon the house

This poem is protected by copyright and cannot be displayed without permission of the copyright holder. It can be found, for example, in:

  • Brooks, Gwendolyn. The Bean Eaters. New York: Harpers & Brothers, Publishers, 1960.
  • Brooks, Gwendolyn. Selected Poems. New York: Perrenial Classics, 1999.

    Gwendolyn Brooks recieved the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950, the first black author to win in any category. She succeeded Carl Sandburg as the Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968.