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The Resource In the Mecca : poems, by Gwendolyn Brooks

In the Mecca : poems, by Gwendolyn Brooks

Label
In the Mecca : poems
Title
In the Mecca
Title remainder
poems
Statement of responsibility
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This was the Pulitzer Prize-winner's first new collection of poetry after a gap of nearly ten years. "I was to be a Watchful Eye; a Tuned Ear; a Super-reporter," Brooks said. "I began writing about whatever I thought I knew, whatever I experienced." What she knew and experienced in those years resulted in poetry charged with a new power and urgency. The book takes its title from a long narrative poem set in a huge decayed apartment house in Chicago's black ghetto, a building called the Mecca. A tragedy in the Mecca gives rise to Brooks' extraordinary poetic evocation of its dense personal miseries and sense of life. Nine shorter poems follow, and these too, in large part, have their source in contemporary figures and circumstances: Medgar Evers and Malcolm X, "the Blackstone Rangers gang," the astonishing prideful mural painted on a ghetto wall one summer. The universality that transcends the immediate event, and is the mark of poetic sensibility, distinguishes all the poetry here. Gwendolyn Brooks' stature as a poet who "induces almost unbearable excitement"--as Phyllis McGinley described her--is here enriched by the new dimensions her work encompasses.--Adapted from book jacket
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Awards note
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, 1969.
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1917-2000
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brooks, Gwendolyn
Dewey number
811.5
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3503.R7244
LC item number
I5
Literary form
poetry
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • X, Malcolm
  • X, Malcolm
  • Black Stone Rangers (Street gang)
  • Black Stone Rangers (Street gang)
  • African Americans
  • African American women
  • African American families
  • Missing children
  • Inner cities
  • African American families
  • African American women
  • African Americans
  • Inner cities
  • Missing children
  • Illinois
Label
In the Mecca : poems, by Gwendolyn Brooks
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • II. The leaders
  • III. Gang girls.
  • The sermon on the warpland.
  • The second sermon on the warpland
  • In the Mecca
  • After the Mecca. To a winter squirrel
  • Boy breaking glass
  • Medgar Evers
  • Malcolm X.
  • Two dedications. I. The Chicago Picasso
  • II. The wall.
  • The Blackstone Rangers. I. As seen by disciplines
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
vii, 54 pages
Isbn
9780060105372
Lccn
68026544
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
ocm00279965
Label
In the Mecca : poems, by Gwendolyn Brooks
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • II. The leaders
  • III. Gang girls.
  • The sermon on the warpland.
  • The second sermon on the warpland
  • In the Mecca
  • After the Mecca. To a winter squirrel
  • Boy breaking glass
  • Medgar Evers
  • Malcolm X.
  • Two dedications. I. The Chicago Picasso
  • II. The wall.
  • The Blackstone Rangers. I. As seen by disciplines
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
vii, 54 pages
Isbn
9780060105372
Lccn
68026544
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
ocm00279965

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