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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For me, Derricotte's poetry reads more like chopped up prose than poetry. The line breaks matter, but the language itself is so straight-forward and prose-ish that you'd never know they were meant to be poems if you heard them aloud or saw them in paragraph form--rather, they'd feel like very short stories or snippets of thought. And, in my opinion, many of them are also fairly heavy-handed. Simply, this just isn't a poetry collection I'd think to recommend.