Gwendolyn Brooks: On "Gay Chaps at the Bar"

["Gay Chaps at the Bar" is] A sonnet series in off-rhyme, because I felt it was an off-rhyme situation--I did think of that.  I first wrote the one sonnet, without thinking extensions.  I wrote it because of a letter I got from a soldier who included that phrase in what he was telling me; and then I said, there are other things to say about what's going on at the front and all, and I'll write more poems, some of them based on the stuff of letters that I was getting from several soldiers, and I felt it would be good to have them all in the same form, because it would serve my purposes throughout.

Brooks, Gwendolyn.  Report from Part One.  Detroit: Broadside Press, 1972.

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Criticism Author Gwendolyn Brooks Criticism Target Gwendolyn Brooks
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 04 Jun 2015
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