We Real Cool
We Real Cool
by Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks’s Calling Card

What is the poet’s signature style?

Portraits of the Urban Poor

Brooks's poetry draws heavily on her native Chicago. It focuses attention on poor, simple city dwellers. In another one of her poems, "The Bean Eaters," for example, describes a couple living in a rented room, and they can only afford to eat beans for dinner. "We Real Cool" describes urban youths, and for the most part, her tone is neither angry nor judgmental. She describes the way things are using straightforward, matter-of-fact language, and allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.

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