Thursday, November 08, 2007

More from Poetry Alive

This is another poem that Emily really loves. It's called "We Real Cool," by Gwendolyn Brooks. She died in 2000, at the age of 83, and Jim Lehrer has an online News Hour about her and the poem, including an audio of her reading the poem. Here's another site with her discussing and reading the poem.

We Real Cool

THE POOL PLAYERS.
SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.

We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.


We saw two members of the Poetry Alive! troupe perfoming at the JMRL Northside library about two years ago, and that's when we bought their CD. They tour the country, visiting schools and libraries, performing poetry in a very engaging way. They'll be back in Virginia from December through March.

Update: I forgot to mention that you can hear samples of their poetry performances here.

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