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In an interview with Brooks in Contemporary Literature (Winter ), the poet offers stage directions for how “We Real Cool” should be read aloud:
First of all, let me tell you how that’s supposed to be said, because there’s a reason why I set it out as I did. These are people who are essentially saying “Kilroy is here. We are.” But they’re a little uncertain of the strength of their identity. The “We” — you’re supposed to stop after the “We” and think about their validity, and of course there’s no way for you to tell whether it should be said softly or not, I suppose, but I say it rather softly because I want to represent their basic uncertainty, which they don’t bother to question every day, of course. How do the poet’s instructions contribute to your experience of the poem?