'In Montgomery and Other Poems' by Gwendolyn Brooks is a welcomed addition to her existing canon that, with this collection, now spans six decades. Like much of Brooks' writing, this new collection is necessary reading for anyone interested in contemporary poetry. Thrust into the national spotlight when she received the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for her second volume of poetry, Annie Allen, Gwendolyn Brooks has remained a consistent, caring and critical communicator. 'In Montgomery' presents us with honest, enlightened, often provocative and moving poetry. The voices in these poems invite us to witness stark realities of our everyday existence, yet they share a vision and celebration of the written word.