Known widely for her first, very distinguished book of verse, A Street in Bronzeville, as well as her Pulitzer Prize winning Annie Allen, has here made another high contribution to American poetry. As always, her themes are about her own people. In this volume they range from the humble resignation to the little things that make up life, to the savage rhythms of A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. She writes without sentimentality or self-pity, but with a kind of deep-burning compassion, and if this volume does not have quite the same spontaneity of her first, it adds new dimensions of maturity and seriousness. Gwendolyn Brooks is one of our outstanding poets and deserves the recognition she will unquestionably receive.