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Died at forty. / But before that he Created

Le Banjo (An American sketch.) / He created

Piano pieces based on slave dances./ He created

Piano pieces based on “tunes he heard in the Congo.”

 

 

Books by Gwendolyn Brooks

In Montgomery and Other Poems A Life of Gwendolyn Brooks (Kent) / A Street in Bronzeville (1945) / Selected Poems (1963) / In the Mecca  (1968)

 Riot (1969) /  The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves (1970), Blacks (1987), and Children Coming Home (1992) / Maud Martha (1953)

Report from Part One: An Autobiography  (1972) /  Report from Part Two: Autobiography(1996) / Jump Bad: A New Chicago Anthology (1971).

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In Montgomery and Other Poems

By Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

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Gottschalk and The Grande Tarantellle

By Gwendolyn Brooks

My Black brothers and sisters.

Nimble slaves in New Orleans,

Dancing to your own music,

Loving your wild art, your art, vertical, winnowy, willful—

You did not know that Gottschalk was watching, was hearing.

Slouched in the offing, he was.

Crouching most shamefully, he was.

Stealthy. Heavily breathing.

He fell in love with your music.

 

Died at forty.

But before that he Created

Le Banjo (An American sketch.)

He created

Piano pieces based on slave dances.

He created

Piano pieces based on “tunes he heard in the Congo.”

 

Early he stole

The wealth of your art.

Wrongfully

He bore it away to the white side of town—

You never knowing—

And there he doctored the dear purity.

He whitened your art,

And named it his own.

He traded it for money

In Great Halls of whiteness.

 

He sold it to thronging white company.

 

The patrons went MAD.

Loving odd music (embroidered savagery),

Women wept and wilted.

They cut off and wore his hair.

He became the Lapel-piece Composer.

His concerts and conquests multiplied, he handled many a money

And he died at forty, an over-musicked man.

 

He rose across you, Black Beauties.

He stole your art.

He never passed you a penny.

Nor painted your name on a page.

 

But hark!

He inherited slaves from his father and freed them.

 

All hail the Debt-payer.

 

Source: In Montgomery and Other Poems

 

Literary Production

Poetry

    A Street in Bronzeville (1945)
    Annie Allen (1949)
    Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1956)
    The Bean Eaters (1960)
    Selected Poems (1963)
    We Real Cool (1966)
    The Wall (1967)
    In the Mecca (1968)
    Family Pictures (1970)
    Riot (1970)
    Black Steel: Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali (1971)
    The World of Gwendolyn Brooks (1971)
    Aloneness (1971)
    Aurora (1972)
    Beckonings (1975)
    Black Love (1981)
    To Disembark (1981)
    The Near-Johannesburg Boy and Other Poems (1986)
    Blacks (1987)
    Winnie (1988)

    Gottschalk and the Grande Tarantelle (1989)

    Children Coming Home (1991)

    In Montgomery and Other Poems (2003)

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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