Daily Archives for: August 17th, 2017

5 Things to Love about Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 – 2000), a highly honored poet, broke new ground speaking to the black and female experience in America. Born in 1917 and raised in Chicago, there is much to celebrate about Gwendolyn Brooks, a truly iconic poet.

In 1945, she broke into book publishing with the well-received A Street in Bronzeville, referring to an area in the Chicago’s South Side. This collection led to numerous prestigious awards and a life in poetry.

Here are five things to love about Gwendolyn Brooks, a great American poet — and there are lots of other things to admire, so learn more about her and better yet, read her work! Read More→

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A Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold (1917)

During World War I, Enid Bagnold was a member of the British Women’s Services. She served for about a year and a half in the V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment), as a nurse’s aide.

Her duties were to attend to the non-medical needs of wounded British soldiers recovering from wounds in the Royal Herbert Hospital, just a few miles southeast of London. Some of the injuries she witnessed were absolutely horrific.

A Diary Without Dates was written almost as a dreamlike prose-poem, portraying the suffering of soldiers, many of whom faced mutilation, wrenching pain, and death. Thus, it became a timeless commentary on the traumas of war. Read More→

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