Tween Club Celebrates National Poetry Month

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Tween Club Celebrates National Poetry Month

Hello, Tween Club participants.  Here is a book preview of the book will be discussing at the Tween Club this upcoming Saturday, April 3:

Poet Gwendolyn Brooks' Bronzeville Boys and Girls, written in 1956, is a collection of 34 short poems about children living in the Chicago urban neighborhood called Bronzeville. Each poem contains the name of a child, either as the subject of the poem, or as the narrator. These poems are timeless. Every reader will be able to identify with the experiences that the poems convey.

For example, in the poem titled “Michael,” the narrator is afraid of the storm and says: "Now, I am next to nine years old/ And crying’s not for me/ But if I touch my mother’s hand/ Perhaps no one will see."  In another poem titled “Tommy,” the narrator plants a seed in the back yard and says: "And Oh, what did I see!/ My seed had popped itself right out/ Without consulting me." These playful poems are still fresh and funny after 50 years.

About the Author
Poet Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000), wrote about African-American life during the 20th century. Her poems describe the difficult conditions and struggles that blacks have faced in the United States, including problems of racial prejudice. Brooks’ first book of poetry was A Street in Bronzeville, published in 1945.  In 1950, Brooks became the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her 1949 collection of poems titled Annie Allen, about the life of a black girl growing up in Chicago. From 1985 to 1986, Brooks was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She received many medals and awards during her lifetime.

--by Carroll Johnson