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Author: Gwendolyn Brooks

Paperback: 16 pages

Publisher: Third World Press

Copyright: 2018

Language: English

Aloneness

In this book, Brooks offers an illustrated narrative that tells the child reader about the difference between being alone and being lonely, describing loneliness as a colorless, soundless state that makes one feel completely disconnected from the world. Aloneness, on the other hand, is described as being “delicious,” for one recognizes him/herself in the quietness of the space (8). Aloneness is further described as being with “you […] and pulse and nature keep you company. The little minutes are there, building into hours: the minutes that are the bricks of days and years”.

Author Bio:

 Gwendolyn Brooks (1917—2000) is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Annie Allen and one of the most celebrated Black poets. She also served as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress—the first Black woman to hold that position. She was the poet laureate for the state of Illinois for over thirty years, a National Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her works include We Are Shining, Bronzeville Boys and Girls, A Street in Bronzeville, In the Mecca, The Bean Eaters, and Maud Martha. You can find out more about her at www.gwendolynbrooks.net

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