Book Power (1969) von Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) schrieb dieses Gedicht anlässlich der National Children’s Book Week im Jahre 1969. Sie und zwei andere zählen zu den einzigen drei afro-amerikanischen Schriftsteller*innen, die je den Pulitzer Preis gewinnen konnten:

BOOK POWER
by Gwendolyn Brooks

BOOKS FEED AND CURE AND
CHORTLE AND COLLIDE

In all this willful world
of thud and thump and thunder
man’s relevance to books
continues to declare.

Books are meat and medicine
and flame and flight and flower,
steel, stitch, and cloud and clout,
and drumbeats in the air.

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