Poem: We Real Geek

(A tribute to the poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Perhaps you recall the outline of this poem.)

We real geek. We

Squeak speak. We


Fly brooms. We

Raid tombs. We


Trade cards. We

Quote bards. We


Read long. We

King Kong.


About Derek Berry

Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History.

Posted on November 14, 2011, in books, classics, Language, Old People, Past, Poems, Poetry, Word Salad, writer, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Love the random header on your page, Mr. Fancy Pants!

  2. Excellent! I love the Gwendolyn Brooks poem you referenced–remember it from college.

  3. My college writing prof. had us do a copy change of the original. I just posted my own version on my blog (it’s not nearly as cheeky as yours). Love what you did. Geeks unite. <3.

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