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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 - 93,192 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. No Fear , David Darbyshire
  8. 8. Fear Is What Quickens Me , James Arlington Wright
  9. 9. Fear Of Love , Misty Iacobucci
  10. 10. How Fear Came , Rudyard Kipling
  11. 11. Fear Not, Dear Friend, But Freely Live Y.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  12. 12. Sonnet 9: Is It For Fear To Wet A Widow'.. , William Shakespeare
  13. 13. Look Not In My Eyes, For Fear , Alfred Edward Housman
  14. 14. Fear , Ciaran Carson
  15. 15. ! I Have A Fear - I May Be Wrong. , Michael Shepherd
  16. 16. Fear , Robert William Service
  17. 17. Fear , rico graham
  18. 18. Rilke's Fear Of Dogs , Jeffrey Harrison
  19. 19. Of Godly Fear , John Bunyan
  20. 20. (879) Fear Me-Stay Alive , Melvina Germain
  21. 21. Fear Of The Unknown. , Graham Jones
  22. 22. We Meet At The Judgment And I Fear It Not , Vachel Lindsay
  23. 23. (877) Fear Of The Unknown , Melvina Germain
  24. 24. The Fear Of Burial , Louise Gluck
  25. 25. To His Heart, Bidding It Have No Fear , William Butler Yeats
  26. 26. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  27. 27. An Encyclopedia Of Fear (To Ron Oliver) , Aram Stefanian
  28. 28. I Do Not Fear To Own Me Kin , Robert Louis Stevenson
  29. 29. The Fear Of Fear , Samah Khan
  30. 30. - Blind Fear: : Humour, Inspiration , Alessandra Liverani
  31. 31. Fear And Intuition , Amberlee Carter
  32. 32. Fear , Sylvia Chidi
  33. 33. Fear , Old Teenage Poems
  34. 34. I Fear A Man Of Frugal Speech , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. Fear Not , Cheryl Lynn Moyer Peele
  36. 36. No More Fear Of My Beast , Scarlet .....
  37. 37. Another Fear , Sandra Osborne
  38. 38. Book Iii - Part 04 - Folly Of The Fear O.. , Lucretius
  39. 39. Fear , Just Amr
  40. 40. Fear Ye Not , Angelo Ventresco
  41. 41. Adolescent Fear , maggie oke
  42. 42. A Bed Of Fear , Trunami ...
  43. 43. Fear Of Death , Sylvia Chidi
  44. 44. Mid-Forest Fear , Roderic Quinn
  45. 45. Art Of Fear(2) , Nyein Way
  46. 46. Why You'Ve Fear When I'M Here? , Rajaram Ramachandran
  47. 47. Fear , Aisha Sherazi
  48. 48. A Mother's Fear , Theresa Ann Moore
  49. 49. Fog Of Fear , Joey Nissen
  50. 50. Fear , Analissa Range
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