The whiskey of our discontent : Gwendolyn Brooks as conscience and change agent

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"[A] superb tribute . . . [an] essential collection" of essays analyzing the works of the preeminent twentieth-century poet and voice of social justice ( Booklist ).

Winner of the Central New York Book Award for Nonfiction

Finalist for the Chicago Review of Books Award

Poet, educator, and social activist Gwendolyn Brooks was a singular force in American culture.

The first black woman to be named United States poet laureate, Brook's poetry, fiction, and social commentary shed light on the beauty of humanity, the distinct qualities of black life and community, and the destructive effects of racism, sexism, and class inequality.

A collection of thirty essays combining critical analysis and personal reflection, The Whiskey of Our Discontent , presents essential elements of Brooks' oeuvre--on race, gender, class, community, and poetic craft, while also examining her life as poet, reporter, mentor, sage, activist, and educator.

"Gwendolyn Brooks wrote and performed her magnificent poetry for and about the Black people of Chicago, and yet it was also read with anguish, delight, and awe by white people, successive waves of immigrants, and ultimately the world." -- Bill Ayers, from the Introduction
Foreword. This Gwensister called life / Sonia Sanchez
Preface / Quraysh Ali Lansana and Georgia A. Popoff
Introduction / William Ayers
Critical essays. Hacking at the root : Brook's exploration of colorism in Maud Martha / Tara Betts ; Juxtaposed dichotomies : the idealized white suburban pastoral, the surrealist tableau of black poverty, and the women in between / Antoinette Brim ; A poetics against obscuring : reflections on the black underclass in the work of Gwendolyn Brooks / R.J. Eldridge ; The politics of neglect / James Allen Hall ; We still cool? : revisiting black masculinity, resistance, and urban violence in Brooks's "We real cool" / Troy Harden ; Double vision : innocence and experience in the childlike monologues of Gwendolyn Brooks / Judith Harris ; "I do not sell well' : black women decentered in the black arts movement / Ciara Darnise Miller ; Building an architecture of love : an appreciation of Gwendolyn Brooks's "In Montgomery" / Patricia Spears Jones ; "Velvety velour" and other sonnet textures in Gwendolyn Brooks's "The children of the poor" / Christina Pugh ; The form of paradox : Gwendolyn Brooks's "The Anniad" / Keith S. Wilson ; Art "urges voyages" : sense of self as social change in Gwendolyn Brooks's "The crazy woman" and "Song of Winnie" / Demetrice A. Worley
Gwendolyn Brooks : on rioting and riot, a symposium. Mundane and plural : "Riot" / David Baker ; Brooks's prosody : three sermons on the Warpland / Carl Phillips ; The eros in democracy : "An aspect of love, alive in ice and fire" / Meghan O'Rourke
Personal and creative reflections. #149 / Jill Hawkins ; Deliberate / Dasha Kelly ; Family pictures, old & new / Adrian Matejka ; Breaking glass and the sad shatter of hope / Georgia A. Popoff ; The necessary truth / Cin Salach ; Jazz June / Clifford Thompson ; Gwendolyn Brooks and me : how I discovered the golden shovel / Emma Vallelunga ; Our black Ms. Brooks / Nagueyalti Warren ; Blacks : a permission to be blk. / Avery R. Young ; A moment with Ms. Brooks / John H. White
Legacy. Pulitzer jury report : February 1950 / Major Jackson ; Concealed and carried : Brooks's loaded boxes / Quraysh Ali Lansana
Afterword / Haki R. Madhubuti.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gwendolyn Brooks was inspired to write poetry by her experiences in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, the segregated, often brutal, sometimes dazzling city she stubbornly loved. Lansana puts together yet another superb tribute to Brooks in her centenary year, following Revise the Psalm (2017), teaming with Popoff to assemble this lively and challenging anthology. Sonia Sanchez kicks things off with a poem about Sister Gwen, who whispered us to attention / with what we could be. In his potent introduction, Chicago activist William Ayers writes that Gwendolyn Brooks wrote and performed her magnificent poetry for and about the Black people of Chicago, and yet it was also read with anguish, delight, and awe by white people . . . and ultimately the world. Thirty incisive essays follow. There is fire in Carl Phillips' Brooks Prosody, creative engagement in Cin Salach's The Necessary Truth, and impassioned resonance in Avery R. Young's Blacks: A Permission to Be Blk. Illuminating essays by Tara Betts, Major Jackson, Patricia Spears Jones, Haki R. Madhubuti, and others fill this essential collection.--Eleveld, Mark Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Brooks, Gwendolyn, -- 1917-2000 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, -- 1917-2000 -- Influence.
African Americans in literature.
Publisher Chicago, Illinois :2017
Other Titles Gwendolyn Brooks as conscience and change agent
Contributors Lansana, Quraysh Ali, editor.
Popoff, Georgia A., editor.
Sanchez, Sonia, 1934- writer of foreword.
Language English
Description xx, 228 pages : 1 illustration ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-204) and index.
ISBN 9781608467631
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