Toi Derricotte

She bought

an African gold weight—half

the size of her thumb (typically

various sexual poses—this one,

doggie style), and pointed out

that the woman

was being raped.  How can you tell?

Because his little hand (perfectly

formed, each finger

small as a letter

in a book) is

over her mouth.



Found In Volume 47, No. 02
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About the Author

Toi Derricotte's most recent book is The Undertaker's Daughter. She received the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement and the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. With Cornelius Eady, she co-founded Cave Canem in 1996.  She has served on the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors.