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(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

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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