Front Cover
University of Pittsburgh Press, Sep 15, 1997 - Poetry - 96 pages
2 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - banjo123 - LibraryThing

This is a powerful collection of poems on tough topics, the slave trade, abuse, racism and skin color. I can’t say that I enjoyed this book, but I am glad that I read it. She also makes you think ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Selected pages

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1997)

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.

Bibliographic information