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We Real Cool


The poem “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, written in 1960, is a statement about the dim future that anyone who drops out of school may have.



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Gwendolyn Brooks Criticism and Interpretation
  • We Real Cool



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS 3503 .R7244



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Gates, Henry Louis. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. 1997.

                    Call Number:  PS3508 .N3 N67 1997.

  • Bloom, Harold.  Gwendolyn Brooks. 2003.

                   Call Number:  PS3503 .R7244 Z66 2003.

  • Bloom, Harold.   Gwendolyn Brooks: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide. 2003.

                   Call Number:  PS3503 .R7244 Z66 2003.

  •  Brooks, Gwendolyn.  Selected Poems. 1999.

                  Call Number:  PS3503 R7244 A6 1999.



Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 15, pg. 93

o   Vol. 125, pg. 49, 81, 90, 94, 96, 109-111

  • Poetry CriticismCall Number:  REF PN1010 .P6

o   Vol. 7, pg. 62, 85, 90

  • Poetry for StudentsCall Number:  REF PN1112 .P752

o   Vol. 6, pg. 241-249


Research Databases


To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.




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