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The Undertaker's Daughter

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“Poems that stick with you like a song that won’t stop repeating itself in your brain, poems whose cadences burrow into your bloodstream, orchestrating your breathing long before their sense attaches its hooks to your heart.”
—Washington Post on Captivity

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Overview

“Poems that stick with you like a song that won’t stop repeating itself in your brain, poems whose cadences burrow into your bloodstream, orchestrating your breathing long before their sense attaches its hooks to your heart.”
—Washington Post on Captivity

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Paterson Poetry Prize winner Derricotte (Tender) offers a painful memoir of child abuse balanced by poems that attempt to unbury and heal the self. The narrator's father, who studied embalming in order to apprentice with her grandfather, never practiced that trade. But he used his anatomical knowledge to beat her so that the bruises wouldn't show. When she fails to clean her dinner plate, she has given him the excuse he needs: "'Your story is so touching till it sounds like a lie.' I swallowed it down; I wiped that look off my face." Derricotte recalls how her bed had to be folded up each night to make room for the dinner table; other versions of the story occur within similarly claustrophobic places, followed by poems about family, love, art, and a pet betta (fighting fish) named Telly, which she loves and nurses into death. This childlike attempt to reverse her life's karma by caring for a fish whose natural habitat is a puddle in Asia shows us that "it's either a very small or a very large place we live in—our cosmos, our kitchen." VERDICT This is a personal, moving work about child abuse, racial "passing," and women making art, and will attract all readers interested in these topics.—Ellen Kaufman, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822962007
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,406,566
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Toi Derricotte is the author of four previous poetry collections: The Empress of the Death House; Natural Birth; Captivity; and Tender, winner of the Patterson 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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