The undertaker's daughter / Toi Derricotte.

Features a collection of poems that describe such topics as her abusive father, family life, how the abuse affected her as an adult, and light-skinned blacks passing as whites.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Derricotte, Toi (Author)
Format: Electronic
Published: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011.
Series:Pitt poetry series.
Online Access:Click for online access
Table of Contents:
  • pt. I. The undertaker's daughter. I am not afraid to be memoir
  • Burial sites
  • The undertaker's daughter
  • Sunday afternoons at Claire Carlyle's
  • For my unnamed brother (1943-1943)
  • Dolls
  • Mistrust of the beloved
  • pt. II. A memory of the future. I see my father after his death
  • My dad & sardines
  • On a picture of the Buddhist monk Pema Chödrön
  • On the revolution of the Jersey cows
  • The new pet
  • The Telly cycle (For Telly the fish ; Special ears ; Another poem of a small grieving for my fish Telly ; On the reasons I loved Telly the fish ; Because I was good to Telly in his life ; An apology to Telly the revolutionary)
  • When the goddess makes love to me
  • Untitled
  • The night I stopped singing like Billie Holiday
  • When I touched her
  • The iris and chicken fat
  • Lighting the tulips
  • Gershwin
  • A little prayer to Our Lady
  • To a cruel lover
  • Cherry blossoms
  • How Craig Foster enabled me to write the poems I'm writing now & gave me this voice
  • pt. III. The undertaking. The exigencies of form
  • The undertaking.