The Bean Eaters
The Bean Eaters
by Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks’s Calling Card

What is the poet’s signature style?

Stark Reality

Brooks doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to depicting the lives of underprivileged people. It's not all that pretty. Even though these two people have their memories to keep them company, we're allowed to see just what a threadbare life they lead. Sure, they're scraping by – but only just. And Brooks allows us to see it all.

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