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Toi Derricotte

(April 12, 1941 / Hamtramck, Michigan)

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  • Rookie Joanne Elliott (1/18/2014 7:21:00 PM)

    A wondrous poet - so deep & meaningful.

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  • Rookie - 4 Points Benjuzzy Okpuzor (1/20/2012 5:16:00 AM)

    wawu, too lovely, good poems mum

  • Rookie Jerry Buckley (1/19/2012 12:29:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed your poem The Weakness... a powerful and honest write. Thanks.... Jerry Buckley

  • Rookie Ward Stewart (1/18/2012 7:31:00 PM)

    Bless your sweet heart!

Family Secrets

They told my cousin Rowena not to marry
Calvin―she was too young, just eighteen,
& he was too dark, too too dark, as if he
had been washed in what we wanted
to wipe off our hands. Besides, he didn't come
from a good family. He said he was going
to be a lawyer, but we didn't quite believe.
The night they eloped to the Gotham Hotel,
the whole house whispered―as if we were ashamed

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