by Toi Derricotte

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What are the forces that cause us to strike out and harm each other?  Captivity explores the way in which the individual is held hostage by society; how the forces of racism, sexism, and classism frequently express themselves as violence within the family.  The book also explores a deeper captivity, like the Jews in Egypt yearning for the Promised Land, the soul trapped in exile from God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822978510
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/15/1989
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 237 KB

About 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.

Table of Contents

I. Blackbottom
The Minks
Poem for My Father
Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing
The House on Norwood
St. Peter Claver
The Weakness
Fires in Childhood
I. Aerial Photographs Before the Atomic Bomb
II. The Chicago Streetcar Fire
High School
Hamtramck: The Polish Women
The Struggle
II. Red Angel
Before Making Love
Saturday Night
On Stopping Late in the Afternoon for Steamed Dumplings
Squeaky Bed
The Good Old Dog
The Promise
For a Man Who Speaks with Birds
The Friendship
Touching/Not Touching: My Mother
My Father Still Sleeping After Surgery
III. The Testimony of Sister Maureen
The Testimony of Sister Maureen
IV. The Terrible Bright Air
Boy at the Paterson Falls
Fears of the Eighth Grade
The Furious Boy
In an Urban School
The Choice
Letter to Miss Glazer
The Polishers of Brass
For the Dishwasher at Boothman's
Plaid Pants
Allen Ginsberg
Whitman, Come Again to the Cities
On the Turning Up of Unidentified Black Female Corpses
A Note on My Son's Face

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