Black History Month: Gwendolyn Brooks

Thursday, February 4, 2021

I was first introduced to Gwendolyn Brooks and her work when I was in my high school English class. I don't entirely remember how I got to the list, but I was looking at Pulitzer Prize winning writers. As I made my way through the years I found out that Gwendolyn Brooks was the first Black person to receive the prize. I ended up reading some of her poetry and I became a fan. I knew I wanted to feature her when it came to this month. 


This is so true. I especially love the voyages aspect because that's how art can feel at time. It's like going on an adventure every time I sit down to create anything. And there are moments when the last thing I want to do is create. It's scary to put a piece of yourself out for the world to consume. But then there are moments when we move past that fear and the voyage becomes amazing. 


This quote took me a while to fully grasp but it is so meaningful. We are the relationships we have in our lives. This doesn't mean just our romantic ones but any and all relationships we have. How are we bonded together? How do our relationships inform who we are? There are so many questions to ask. 


"To love moments for themselves" is so meaningful to me. For one, I don't always allow myself the time or space to truly appreciate the moments of my life, good or bad. And then I also don't know if a moment is worth that time. This quote makes me think about taking a deep breath every once in a while and enjoying the little moments that we don't always thinks means much. In the future, that would be what we think of. 


This was the first quote I found to include in this post. It was also the reason that I chose to use pictures of the universe for each of the quotes. It also reminds me of the first quote because it's when we move past our fears that we come into moments that shape who we are. We have to take chances and make decisions even when we don't know how it's going to be resolved. 


I fully understand this quote. I have been writing for most of my life and well before I understood what publishing was. There is no other form of art creation that I would want to do for the rest of my life. Even now, sitting here and writing this post, leaves me feeling so good. The challenge of always writing and getting better is what I strive for. 

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