Toi Derricotte

(April 12, 1941 / Hamtramck, Michigan)

Poems of Toi Derricotte

1. Family Secrets 12/19/2011
2. From a Letter: About Snow 12/19/2011
3. Market 12/19/2011
4. The Weakness 1/20/2003


Those huge platters on their heads on which everything
is placed accurately, each small red pepper,
prawn, each orange―each arranged in piles so tall they defy gravity―
avocados, crabs, dried fish of silverish brown,
or one great yam, thirty pounds, dirt brushed,
counterbalanced in a kind of aquarium.
A woman approves me with a fluent grin
and offers her light basket for my head;
I walk a yard, tottering awkwardly.

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