Here is one of Ms. Brooks’ poems (from poets.org):
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
And here’s a line from Springsteen’s “Rosalita”:
We’re gonna play some pool,
skip some school
Act real cool,
stay out all night,
it’s gonna feel alright
If Bruce lifted a few words from Ms. Brooks, that’s fine by me. At least he chose a great poet to copy.
“If you wanted a poem, you only had to look out of a window. There was material always, walking or running, fighting or screaming or singing.” ~Gwendolyn Brooks
- 2 reviews of Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band) (rateitall.com)
- Interview: Poet Doug Kearney, Author of ‘The Black Automaton’ and ‘Fear, Some’ (laist.com)
- Back to the Badlands: Springsteen Finds More Music on Edge of Town (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Bruce Springsteen: Darkness On The Edge of Town Box Set (jambase.com)