Gwendolyn Brooks Captures Chicago 'Cool' Gwendolyn Brooks' best-known work tells the chilling life stories of seven young men in eight short lines. She took her inspiration for "Seven at the Golden Shovel/The Pool Players" from a pool hall in her native Chicago.
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Gwendolyn Brooks Captures Chicago 'Cool'

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Gwendolyn Brooks Captures Chicago 'Cool'

Gwendolyn Brooks Captures Chicago 'Cool'

Gwendolyn Brooks Captures Chicago 'Cool'

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Gwendolyn Brooks spoke with public radio host Henry Lyman about two of her famous poems. The Pulitzer-prize winning poet is shown here in Chicago in 1972. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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