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What Would Gwendolyn Brooks Do by Parneshia Jones

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February 13, 2017

What Would Gwendolyn Brooks Do

Parneshia Jones

About This Poem


"When Gwendolyn Brooks wrote Hold On at the bottom of a photograph she put in my hand, and red marks all over the three poems I had to my name, it anchored me in a real time of need. It was the first and only time we met and she anchored me. I see a world moving into uncertainty and I think about Ms. Brooks, those two anchor words she gave me, and I continue to Hold On for dear life."
—Parneshia Jones


Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel (Milkweed Editions, 2015). She is the poetry editor and sales and community outreach manager at Northwestern University Press. She lives in Chicago.


Photo credit: Susan Aurinko 


Poetry by Jones



(Milkweed Editions, 2015) 

"The Lovers of the Poor" by Gwendolyn Brooks


"Epithalamion" by Rickey Laurentiis


"from Citizen, VI [I knew whatever was in front of me was happening]" by Claudia Rankine




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