Citações Gwendolyn Brooks
"The Chicago Picasso" (1968)
— Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems
"To Be In Love"
Variante: To be in love
Is to touch with a lighter hand.
Fonte: Selected Poems
„Is earnest enough, may earnest attract or lead to light;
Is light enough, if hands in clumsy frenzy, flimsy whimsically, enlist;
Is light enough when this bewilderment crying against the dark shuts down the shades?
Dilute confusion. Find and explode our mist.“
"garbageman: the man with the orderly mind"
„When I start writing a poem, I don't think about models or about what anybody else in the world has done.“
"An Interview with Gwendolyn Brooks", Contemporary Literature 11:1 (Winter 1970)
„The good man.
He is still enhancer, renouncer.
In the time of detachment,
in the time of the vivid heather and affectionate evil,
in the time of oral
grave grave legalities of hate - all real
walks our prime registered reproach and seal.
Our successful moral.
The good man.“
The Good Man
„Say to them,
say to the down-keepers,
"even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night."“
You will be right.
Speech to the Young : Speech to the Progress-Toward
„I have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed children.
I have contracted. I have eased
My dim dears at the breasts they could never suck.
I have said, Sweets, if I sinned, if I seized
And your lives from your unfinished reach,
If I stole your births and your names,
Your straight baby tears and your games,
Your stilted or lovely loves, your tumults, your marriages, aches,
and your deaths,
If I poisoned the beginnings of your breaths,
Believe that even in my deliberateness I was not deliberate.“
The Mother (1945)
"do not be afraid of no" from Annie Allen (1949)
Quoted in her obituary in The Guardian (7 December 2000)