Treasure Island

Toi Derricotte

(April 12, 1941 / Hamtramck, Michigan)

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  • ''Poetry asks people to have values, form opinions, care about some other part of experience besides making money and being successful on the job.''
    Toi Derricotte (b. 1941), African American poet. As quoted in A Gift That Cannot Be Refused, ch. 8, by Mary Biggs (1990). Written in 1983.
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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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