Wednesday Night Poetry Series

since 1995

August 22nd – Favorite Poet Night: Gwendolyn Brooks

Tonight we celebrate the poet Gwendolyn Brooks. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1985. Below, find a poem by Gwendolyn, “The Bean Eaters”. 

 

The Bean Eaters

They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair.
Dinner is a casual affair.
Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood,
Tin flatware.

Two who are Mostly Good.
Two who have lived their day,
But keep on putting on their clothes
And putting things away.

And remembering . . .
Remembering, with twinklings and twinges,
As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that
is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths,
tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes.

 

 

This meeting will be held at Molten Java.

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July 14, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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