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Gwendolyn Brooks’s Last Meal


Progressive Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks—the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize—wrote a half-century ago: “At Joe’s Eats/You get your fish or chicken on meat platters/With coleslaw, macaroni, candied sweets/Coffee and apple pie. You go out full.” Making us wonder: What’s the contemporary equivalent of Joe’s? At Mike’s Coffee Shop on the corner of the Pratt Campus, the usual Greek diner fare is supplemented with Southern specialties. We’ll feed Gwen a down-home breakfast of sunnyside-up eggs, outsize sage sausage, and creamy grits.