The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent (Paperback)
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" A] superb tribute . . . an] essential collection" of essays analyzing the works of the preeminent twentieth-century poet and voice of social justice (Booklist).
Winner of the Central New York Book Award for Nonfiction
Finalist for the Chicago Review of Books Award
Poet, educator, and social activist Gwendolyn Brooks was a singular force in American culture.
The first black woman to be named United States poet laureate, Brook's poetry, fiction, and social commentary shed light on the beauty of humanity, the distinct qualities of black life and community, and the destructive effects of racism, sexism, and class inequality.
A collection of thirty essays combining critical analysis and personal reflection, The Whiskey of Our Discontent, presents essential elements of Brooks' oeuvre--on race, gender, class, community, and poetic craft, while also examining her life as poet, reporter, mentor, sage, activist, and educator.
"Gwendolyn Brooks wrote and performed her magnificent poetry for and about the Black people of Chicago, and yet it was also read with anguish, delight, and awe by white people, successive waves of immigrants, and ultimately the world." --Bill Ayers, from the Introduction
About the Author
Quraysh Ali Lansana has written and edited over a dozen books. He teaches writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent titles include The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop. Georgia A. Popoff, is a poet, educator, and editor, whose third collection is Psalter: The Agnostic's Book of Common Curiosities. She co-authored Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community, with Quraysh Ali Lansana. Sonia Sanchez-award-winning poet, activist, scholar, and formerly the Laura Carnell professor of English and women's studies at Temple University-is the author of sixteen books, including Like the Singing Coming off the Drums, Does Your House Have Lions?, Wounded in the House of a Friend, and Shake Loose My Skin.