Tender (Pitt Poetry Series)

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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.
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Overview


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.
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“In her fourth book, the award-winning Derricotte 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. . . . Her work reaches out into the black and white and comes up with meaning that is often complex and rich—in short, gray. . . . Derricotte delivers frankness and hope through her thoughtful probing of encounters with complex racial and sexual relations.”

—Publishers Weekly

"Part of the charm of Derricotte's work - despite its raw and upsetting subject matter - is its extreme readability, from start to finish. In plain language that does not settle for simplicity or cliché, these poems probe being at its root - sexually, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually - and recount how violence-both physical and mental-ravages the self. . . . Recommended for all poetry collections."

—Library Journal

"Raw, honest and provocative. It hits those vulnerable spots in us where we question our openness to such issues as racial harmony and sexual freedom. . . . This is an emotionally compelling collection, one that lives for the reader in its stark images."

—Kliatt

"Derricotte's language feels, as usual, fresh and urgent, but Tender is a highly crafted volume, with poems lodged in an intricate structure. . . . Derricotte's range of diction, form, and subject is grand."

—Women's Review of Books

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 richin 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. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Dericotte's preface to this work, her fourth collection of poems, invites the reader to proceed in a nonlinear fashion, with the title poem as the hub from which each section radiates. Yet part of the charm of Dericotte's workdespite its raw and upsetting subject matteris its extreme readability, from start to finish. In plain language that does not settle for simplicity or clich, these poems probe being at its rootsexually, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectuallyand recount how violenceboth physical and mentalravages the self. One topic of particular concern is "passing"Dericotte is a light-skinned African American who is often taken for white: "Oh, my people,/ sometimes you look at me with such unwillingness/ as I look at you!/ I keep trying to prove/ I am not what I think you think." Section 6, "Dead Baby," is a moving litany about child abuse and mother-hatred that evokes the music of Walt Whitman in its strategic deployment of the hexameter line. Recommended for all poetry collections.Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York
Melanie Kaye Kantrowitz
"In sections of Tender, her new book of poems,...a light-skinned black woman, focuses intensely and wonderfully on blackness....Dericotte's language feels, as usual, fresh and urgent, but Tender is a highly crafted volume, with poems lodged in an intricate structure....Dericotte's range of diction, form and subject is grand....She also excels in surreal litany, the loose, open line of the chant, as "Dead Baby Speaks" to the mother who permitted the father's beatings....For people loved and tortured by the same hands, nothing is simple....in the final, dazzling "spoke" it's hard not to feel release, from "The Body Awakening" to the book's concluding poem....Thus "tender" is transformed from absolue victimization to the open space of love." -- The Women's Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822956402
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Pages: 83
  • Sales rank: 1,429,594
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Toi Derricotte is the author of The Undertaker's Daughter, The Empress of the Death House; Natural Birth; Captivity; and Tender, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. Derricotte is cofounder of Cave Canem and professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Tender 1
Exits From Elmina Castle: Cape Coast, Ghana 5
When My Father Was Beating Me 13
Black Boys Play the Classics 17
Shoe Repair Business 18
Brother 19
Family Secrets 21
After a Reading at a Black College 22
For Black Women Who Are Afraid 23
Passing 24
Inventory 26
Bookstore 27
At a Cocktail Party Honoring a Noted Old Southern Writer 28
Workshop on Racism 30
Invisible Dreams 33
Two Poems 37
1:30 A.M. 41
Dead Baby Speaks 47
The Body Awakening 57
For Sharan Strange, After a Reading 62
For Sister Sue Ellen and Her Special Messenger 64
At Wintergreen: A Retreat for African-American Women Writers 65
The Origins of the Artist: Natalie Cole 67
On Katchimac Bay: Homer, Alaska 68
Coming 69
From a Letter: About Snow 71
Death at Still Point 72
The Blessing 73
Not Forgotten 75
The Touch 76
Grace Paley Reading 78
In the Mountains 79
On the Miracle of the Crying Statue: Before You Begin 80
Clitoris 81
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