Gwendolyn Brooks

{via Dirk Hagner}

Reason #72156 to fall in love with Gwendolyn Brooks, if you're not already enthralled by her: "If you have one drop of blackness blood in you--yes, of course it comes out red--you are mine," she once said. "You are a member of my family."

In a hurry? Fast forward to the 10:00 minute mark of the almost hour long audio below, courtesy of You'll hear her recite the poem that she is perhaps best known for, "We Real Cool" and undoubtedly, find yourself with a bit of a literary high.

Gwendolyn Brooks speaking at Poetry Day in Chicago, 1990

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