Toi Derricotte

(April 12, 1941 / Hamtramck, Michigan)

Toi Derricotte Poems

1. The Weakness 1/20/2003
2. Family Secrets 12/19/2011
3. From a Letter: About Snow 12/19/2011
4. Market 12/19/2011
5. For Black Women Who Are Afraid 1/9/2015
6. A Note on My Son's Face 1/7/2015
7. Elegy For My Husband 1/29/2015

The Weakness

That time my grandmother dragged me
through the perfume aisles at Saks, she held me up
by my arm, hissing, "Stand up,"
through clenched teeth, her eyes
bright as a dog's
cornered in the light.
She said it over and over,
as if she were Jesus,
and I were dead.She had been

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