We Real Cool
We Real Cool
by Gwendolyn Brooks


We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

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"We Real Cool" is written in everyday language, and it achieves its effect primarily through its glittering, jazzy tone. There are ambiguities and questions, like exactly what "Jazz June" means, but to hear the poem is to understand it.

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