The Pool PlayersSeven At The Golden Shovel
We real cool. Weleft school. We
Lurk late. WeStrike straight. We
Sing sin. WeThin gin. We
Jazz June. WeDie soon.
There is a jazzy tone to this urban poem written by Gwedolyn Brooks about the denizens of...
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
There is a jazzy tone to this urban poem written by Gwedolyn Brooks about the denizens of Chicago's inner city. As such, jazz offers a certain incongruity in its sound with improvisation and rhythm and doubt. (What does "Jazz June" mean?) There is a certain defiance, perhaps, to what these boys know is their fate with the musicality of this poem; however, it is subtly suggested with "Sing sin" which sounds much like New York's prison, Sing Sing.
The diction of the lines is that of street talk: "We real cool." After each boast, there is a negative. For, while the boys of the street boast of being "cool" and staying out late and making gin and dying soon. But, Brooks herself writes with a non-judgmental attitude; instead, she lets the readers form their own opinions of the boys based on their rebellious attitude that leads only to "Die soon."