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Tender

Tender

Toi Derricotte
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt9qh875
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    Tender
    Book Description:

    Toi Derricotte's fourth collection of poetry.Tenderprobes 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.

    eISBN: 978-0-8229-7852-7
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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    • When My Father Was Beating Me
      (pp. 13-14)

      I’d hear my mother in the kitchen preparing dinner. I’d hear the spoons hitting the mixing bowl, the clatter of silver falling into the drawer. I’d hear the pot lids clink and rattle. The normality of the sound was startling; it seemed louder than usual, as if she weren’t ashamed, as if she were making a point. Perhaps the house was cut in two by a membrane, and, though her sounds could come to my ears, my screams and cries and whimpers, his demands and humiliations, the sounds of his hands hitting my body, couldn’t pierce back the other way....

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