This is a very good book, which I may have appreciated mor because I also have father issues I especially love the last poem in the book, a poem about poetry. Jan 01, Naomi rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. Tough and tender poems about family violence and resistance and the choices we make and have.
Autobiographical poetry; may be healing and may also be a trigger for those who have experienced domestic violence. Fine work, and looking forward to more. Mar 24, Ella rated it it was amazing Shelves: women-write , usa , aoc , poetry. Some of the most beautiful prose poetry I've read. Not sure how I missed adding this to GR way back when Jan 17, Nancy rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry.
Like you are there. Toi gives us the complicated blooming truth. I keep feeling my hair being pulled up so that I stand up. Apr 27, Katharine Holden rated it did not like it. Ugly stuff that seems more like memories jotted down for a therapist than poetry. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The United States Of America. About Toi Derricotte. Toi Derricotte. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks W. Books by Toi Derricotte. Trivia About The Undertaker's No trivia or quizzes yet.
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I didn't particularly like a few of the poems in here, especially the ones about Telly, the poet's fish which perhaps were intended it be a kind of release from the more serious poetry that precedes and follows them. But there are very worthwhile poems in here, many of them written in prose, poems about suffering, about the misue of power, and about surviving. Here are a few examples. Their hands pass it down to their children. The body holds me I didn't particularly like a few of the poems in here, especially the ones about Telly, the poet's fish which perhaps were intended it be a kind of release from the more serious poetry that precedes and follows them.
The body holds memories: it will never be caught gain. Talk isn't enough. You can never comprehend. At some point something happens; a door closes, your boyfriend goes out of a smoke, and, in less than a second, your stomach tightens like a grill.
Alarm bells ring in the amygdala: Daddy's home. How do you end a lifelong obsession? Writing itself is a triumph; it changes the past by changing the act of repression. It cries out against violence. It confronts the command to subjugate oneself. When you have been silent, dead for so long, encased and buried, the oppressor's voice is the first one you hear. It is the way you speak to yourself. Then the most childish voice arises. It has to start from the same place it was buried. I know a book is finished when I've changed. The obsession lifts, it lets me go, a door to the outside world opens.
Only the creation of a work of art can spring the trap; only the girl locked inside knows when the door slams open, when the power is enough.
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Dec 30, Milo rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction-and-memoir , poetry-and-poetics. Not denying anything but, perhaps, inserting some detail that pries open the heart so that more light floods out of it? Jan 01, Naomi rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry.
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