Excerpt from

THE BALLAD OF RUDOLPH REED

Rudolph Reed was oaken.
His wife was oaken too.
And his two good girls and his good little man
Oakened as they grew.


Gwendolyn Brooks at The Academy of American Poets

Gwendolyn Brooks at Modern American Poetry

Gwendolyn Brooks at Poetry Foundation

An interview by B. Denise Hawkins

When you sit down to write, what is your thought process like?

I write and rewrite and ask myself the sterling question - Is this really what I want to say? With an emphasis on really and I. I started using a ball point pen which is still what I use to this day. At some point of course, you have to see how what you are writing looks like in print. At that stage I use an ordinary old-fashioned typewriter.


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