(Chicago): Brooks Press, (1983). Side-stapled pamphlet, measuring 8.5 x 5.5 inches: 32. Original stiff green wrappers printed in black, priced at $5.00. Ink inscription to title page: “Sincerely / Gwendolyn Brooks.”.
First edition of this children’s guide to poetry writing, inscribed by Gwendolyn Brooks. In 1945, Brooks received widespread recognition for her first book of poems, A Street in Bronzeville, and in 1950, she became the first African-American writer to receive the Pulitzer Prize. Throughout her long career, she was committed to the poetry workshop movement. In 1980, Brooks published Young Poet’s Primer, aimed at high school and college students, as the first title under her own Chicago imprint, Brooks Press. This 1983 guidebook is designed for younger children, featuring an introduction (“To Children Who Want to Write Poetry”), twenty “little lessons” in writing, and eight short poems by Brooks: “Life is for us, and is shining. / We have a right to sing.” Very Young Poets would be reprinted over the following decades by Third World Press. A fine inscribed copy, dedicated to “all the children in the world.”.