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October 2011
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The Undertaker’s Daughter
Derricotte, Toi
“Poems that stick with you like a song that won’t stop repeating itself in your brain, poems whose cadences burrow into your bloodstream, orchestrating your breathing long before their sense attaches its hooks to your heart.” —Washington Post on Captivity

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Toi Derricotte is the author of four previous poetry collections: 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.
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“Poems that stick with you like a song that won’t stop repeating itself in your brain, poems whose cadences burrow into your bloodstream, orchestrating your breathing long before their sense attaches its hooks to your heart.” —Washington Post on Captivity
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“Poems that stick with you like a song that won’t stop repeating itself in your brain, poems whose cadences burrow into your bloodstream, orchestrating your breathing long before their sense attaches its hooks to your heart.”—Washington Post on Captivity

“Toi Derricotte’s poems show us our underlife, tender and dreadful. And they are vibrant poems, poems in the voice of the living creature, the one who escaped—and paused, and turned back, and saw, and cried out. This is one of the most beautiful and necessary voices in American poetry today.”—Sharon Olds on Captivity

“Derricotte’s words touch the reader as life has touched her, soul and body. This is a strong, sensuous, original, courageous book.” —Adrienne Rich on Captivity

“In plain language that does not settle for simplicity or cliché, these poems probe being at its root—sexually, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually—and recount how violence, both physical and mental, ravages the self.”—Library Journal on Tender

“This is a personal, moving work about child abuse, racial ‘passing,’ and women making art, and will attract all readers interested in these topics.”—Library Journal

“Let the reader of ‘The Undertaker’s Daughter’ beware—it may make you burn to exorcise your own lifelong fears, and replace them with freedom. But you will have to find your own way, as Derricotte has.”—Women’s Review of Books


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