Family Pictures

Brooks kept a habit of writing poetry to and about her friends and fellow poets. The collection Family Pictures speaks to the importance of these relationships, containing poems about people Brooks considered “kin.” The central theme of the book is solidarity and unity in the face of global anti-Blackness, and the section “Young Heroes” contains dedication poems that show Brooks’s admiration and support of a new generation of Black writers in the United States and abroad. “Keorapetse Kgositsile,” for example, is titled after the South African Tswana poet, journalist, and political activist.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000)
Family Pictures
Detroit: Broadside Press, 1970
Purchased on the Edwin V. Erbe Jr. Acquisitions Fund, 2020; PML 198515
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