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Author: DERRICOTTE, TOI
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Derricotte, Toi    Poet's Biography
32 poems available by this author


A MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember how I laid my head on your two flat breasts


A NOTE ON MY SON'S FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight, I look, thunderstruck / at the gold head of my grandchild
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Loss; Minorities - United States; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration; United States - Race Relations


AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH BEFORE THE ATOMIC BOMB    Poem Text    
First Line: Why did such terrible events / catch my eye
Last Line: Of contained passion?
Variant Title(s): Fires In Childhood
Subject(s): Nuclear War; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


ALLEN GINSBERG    Poem Text    
First Line: Once allen ginsberg stopped to pee at a bookstore in new jersey
Last Line: Unzipped his pants, and peed
Subject(s): Ginsberg, Allen (1926-1997)


BEFORE MAKING LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I move my hands over your face
Last Line: That all the bloody kingdoms rest on
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BLACK BOYS PLAY THE CLASSICS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): African American Children; Music & Musicians; Race Awareness


BLACKBOTTOM: 1945    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When relatives came from out of town
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


BOOKSTORE    Poem Text    
First Line: I ask the clerk to show me children's books. I say
Last Line: To her shoulders, and the names of the missing are clear
Subject(s): Booksellers; Bookstores


BOY AT THE PATERSON FALLS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am thinking of that boy who bragged about the day he threw
Last Line: Would walk into the soft hands of a killer for a crumb of bread
Subject(s): Sadism


CHRISTMAS EVE: MY MOTHER DRESSING    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother was not impressed with her beauty
Subject(s): Beauty; Mothers


ELEGY FOR MY HUSBAND    Poem Text    
First Line: What was there is no longer there:
Subject(s): Death; Marriage; Dead, The; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


FEARS OF THE EIGHTH GRADE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I ask what things they fear
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


FOR A GODCHILD, REGINA, ON THE OCCASION OF HER FIRST LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Blood sister / our fingers join beneath the veins
Last Line: & walk under the cool trees
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FOR THE DEAD AT JACKSON STATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whose names I don't know
Last Line: Whispering their syllables
Subject(s): Jackson State College Killings (1970); Racism


HESTER'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I rode you piggy back
Last Line: Ever to come of alchemy
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


IN AN URBAN SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: The guard picks dead leaves from plants
Last Line: Was found dead in an empty lot
Subject(s): African Americans Childen; Schools; Ghettos


IN KNOWLWEDGE OF YOUNG BOYS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I knew you before you had a mother
Last Line: Brave before memory
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


INVISIBLE DREAMS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


NOT FORGOTTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the way the black ants use their dead.
Subject(s): Mortality


ON THE TURNING UP OF UNIDENTIFIED BLACK FEMALE CORPSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Mowing his three acres with a tractor
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Corpses; Cadavers


PASSING (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: A professor invites me to his black lit class; they're
Last Line: My father quizzed me
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


POEM FOR MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: You closed the door
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


SATURDAY NIGHT       
First Line: We come home from the movie, and you head for the t.V.
Last Line: "I am so lonely,"" I say. ""so lonely."
Subject(s): Love - Complaints; Solitude; Loneliness


SITTING WITH MYSELF IN THE SETON HALL DELI AT 12 O'CLOCK THURSDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I read with them, when I hear them
Last Line: All these various voices?
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


ST. PETER CLAVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Every town with black catholics has a st. Peter claver's
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan; Education; Schools; Students


STINKBUGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ugly armored


THE DAMNED    Poem Text    
First Line: The drawers of my mother's bedroom
Last Line: If either of us can be saved
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE FRIENDSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: I tell you I am angry
Last Line: Of darkness in sea
Subject(s): Friendship


THE MINKS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the backyard of our house on norwood,
Last Line: Character and beauty
Variant Title(s): Captivity: The Minks
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970; Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


THE POLISHERS OF BRASS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am thinking of the men who polish brass in georgetown
Last Line: Started, it has already tarnished, and they must begin again
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE WEAKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: That time my grandmother dragged me
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


WORKSHOP ON RACISM (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Her mother is crying
Last Line: "black"" is not a color, it is a
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry