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Toi Derricotte’s fourth collection of poetry. Tender  probes sexuality, spirituality, emotion, child abuse, mother hatred, and the physical and psychological ravages of violence. These poems are raw and upsetting in subject matter, yet extremely readable.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 11, 1997 – In her fourth book, the award-winning Derricotte (Captivity, etc.) focuses on the aftermath of slavery, continued sexism and violence within the family. These poems plunge into the psychology of race and gender and other key components of identity. The seven sections radiate, like spokes of a wheel, from the title poem, which reads in its entirety: "The tenderest meat/ comes from the houses/ where you hear the least// squealing. The secret/ is to give a little/ wine before killing." Derricotte, a light-skinned African American woman, wrestles with "passing" in a still racist society. Her work reaches out into the black and white and comes up with meaning that is often complex and rich--in short, gray. Her subjects range from the Portuguese slave traders' fortress in Ghana (where Africans were held before being loaded onto ships), to domestic violence (in the prose poem, "When My Father was Beating Me"). The wheel comes full circle in the last section, which is about a remarkable sexual reawakening, and ends with a startling short poem, "Clitoris." Derricotte delivers frankness and hope through her thoughtful probing of encounters with complex racial and sexual relations.
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  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Sep 15, 1997
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Seller: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Print Length: 96 Pages
  • Language: English
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