We Real Cool

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
Die soon.

'We Real Cool' from Selected Poems (New Directions, 2002), Gwendolyn Brooks 2002, used by permission of Brooks Permissions.

The free tracks you can enjoy in the Poetry Archive are a selection of a poet’s work. Our catalogue store includes many more recordings which you can download to your device.