Toi Derricotte

(April 12, 1941 / Hamtramck, Michigan)

Toi Derricotte Poems

1. from Burial Sites 6/26/2015
2. Black Boys Play the Classics 7/3/2015
3. From A Letter: About Snow 12/19/2011
4. Market 12/19/2011
5. Elegy For My Husband 1/29/2015
6. Family Secrets 12/19/2011
7. For Black Women Who Are Afraid 1/9/2015
8. The Weakness 1/20/2003
9. A Note On My Son's Face 1/7/2015

Comments about Toi Derricotte

  • Joanne Elliott Joanne Elliott (1/18/2014 7:21:00 PM)

    A wondrous poet - so deep & meaningful.

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  • Benjuzzy Okpuzor Benjuzzy Okpuzor (1/20/2012 5:16:00 AM)

    wawu, too lovely, good poems mum

  • Jerry Buckley (1/19/2012 12:29:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed your poem The Weakness... a powerful and honest write. Thanks.... Jerry Buckley

  • Ward Stewart (1/18/2012 7:31:00 PM)

    Bless your sweet heart!

Best Poem of Toi Derricotte

A Note On My Son's Face

Tonight, I look, thunderstruck
at the gold head of my grandchild.
Almost asleep, he buries his feet
between my thighs;
his little straw eyes
close in the near dark.
I smell the warmth of his raw
slightly foul breath, the new death
waiting to rot inside him.
Our breaths equalize our heartbeats;
every muscle of the chest uncoils,
the arm bones loosen in the nest
of nerves. I think of the peace
of walking through the house,
pointing to the name of this, the name of that,
an educator of a new man.

Mother. Grandmother. ...

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