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For Black Women Who Are Afraid - Poem by Toi Derricotte

A black woman comes up to me at break in the writing
workshop and reads me her poem, but she says she
can't read it out loud because
there's a woman in a car on her way
to work and her hair is blowing in the breeze
and, since her hair is blowing, the woman must be
white, and she shouldn't write about a white woman
whose hair is blowing, because
maybe the black poets will think she wants to be
that woman and be mad at her and say she hates herself,
and maybe they won't let her explain
that she grew up in a white neighborhood
and it's not her fault, it's just what she sees.
But she has to be so careful. I tell her to write
the poem about being afraid to write,
and we stand for a long time like that,
respecting each other's silence.


Comments about For Black Women Who Are Afraid by Toi Derricotte

  • Rookie - 145 Points Thomas Vaughan Jones (5/11/2016 6:11:00 PM)

    A simple story, written in basic text, with bad punctuation to disguise prose from poetry. Where is the magnificent, mellifluous tone, the higher language commanded by the poetic muse. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 102,598 Points Sandra Feldman (1/18/2015 3:24:00 PM)

    Prose with a touch of poetry? Could we perhaps call it poetic-prose?
    In any case, pleasing. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Fear

  1. 1. Where The Mind Is Without Fear , Rabindranath Tagore
  2. 2. Fear No More , William Shakespeare
  3. 3. A Darting Fear&Mdash;A Pomp&Mdash;A Tear , Emily Dickinson
  4. 4. Fear Of The Inexplicable , Rainer Maria Rilke
  5. 5. Fear , Sara Teasdale
  6. 6. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  7. 7. Fear Is What Quickens Me , James Arlington Wright
  8. 8. No Fear , David Darbyshire
  9. 9. Fear Of Love , Misty Iacobucci
  10. 10. Sonnet 9: Is It For Fear To Wet A Widow'.. , William Shakespeare
  11. 11. Fear Not, Dear Friend, But Freely Live Y.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  12. 12. How Fear Came , Rudyard Kipling
  13. 13. Look Not In My Eyes, For Fear , Alfred Edward Housman
  14. 14. Fear , Robert William Service
  15. 15. Of Godly Fear , John Bunyan
  16. 16. Fear , rico graham
  17. 17. Rilke's Fear Of Dogs , Jeffrey Harrison
  18. 18. Fear , Ciaran Carson
  19. 19. To His Heart, Bidding It Have No Fear , William Butler Yeats
  20. 20. We Meet At The Judgment And I Fear It Not , Vachel Lindsay
  21. 21. ! I Have A Fear - I May Be Wrong. , Michael Shepherd
  22. 22. Fear , Old Teenage Poems
  23. 23. Fear Of The Unknown. , Graham Jones
  24. 24. (879) Fear Me-Stay Alive , Melvina Germain
  25. 25. - Blind Fear: : Humour, Inspiration , Alessandra Liverani
  26. 26. I Do Not Fear To Own Me Kin , Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. 27. (877) Fear Of The Unknown , Melvina Germain
  28. 28. The Fear Of Burial , Louise Gluck
  29. 29. The Fear Of Fear , Samah Khan
  30. 30. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  31. 31. Fear , Sylvia Chidi
  32. 32. I Fear A Man Of Frugal Speech , Emily Dickinson
  33. 33. Fear And Intuition , Amberlee Carter
  34. 34. An Encyclopedia Of Fear (To Ron Oliver) , Aram Stefanian
  35. 35. Fear Not , Cheryl Lynn Moyer Peele
  36. 36. No More Fear Of My Beast , Scarlet .....
  37. 37. Fear Of Death , Sylvia Chidi
  38. 38. Another Fear , Sandra Osborne
  39. 39. Book Iii - Part 04 - Folly Of The Fear O.. , Lucretius
  40. 40. Fear , Just Amr
  41. 41. Fear Ye Not , Angelo Ventresco
  42. 42. Adolescent Fear , maggie oke
  43. 43. A Bed Of Fear , Trunami ...
  44. 44. Mid-Forest Fear , Roderic Quinn
  45. 45. Why You'Ve Fear When I'M Here? , Rajaram Ramachandran
  46. 46. Fear , Aisha Sherazi
  47. 47. A Mother's Fear , Theresa Ann Moore
  48. 48. Fog Of Fear , Joey Nissen
  49. 49. Fear , Analissa Range
  50. 50. Doubt, Fear And Faith , David Taylor
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