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

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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