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Gwendolyn Brooks

We Real Cool

The Pool Players.
Seven at the Golden Shovel.

We real cool. We
Left school. We

 

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

 

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

 

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

 

 

Brooks, Gwendolyn. The Bean Eaters. New York, N.Y.: Harper, 1960.