“Stinkbugs” and “A Memory:” Two Poems by Toi Derricotte

by Sampsonia Way    /  April 17, 2012  / 1 Comment

Toi Derricotte

Toi Derricotte reads at Cave Canem 2011 Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Toi Derricotte is a poet and University of Pittsburgh professor. Along with the poet Cornelius Eady, Derricotte helped found Cave Canem, an organization dedicated to supporting African American poets. She is the author of five books of poetry as well as her literary memoir The Black Notebooks. In 2011 she released The Undertaker’s Daughter, her fifth collection of poems.

In January, Sampsoina Way asked Derricotte to send us some unpublished poems. For National Poetry Month this April we feature two poems from Derricotte: “Stinkbugs” and “A memory.”

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Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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One Comment on "“Stinkbugs” and “A Memory:” Two Poems by Toi Derricotte"

  1. Laurie April 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm ·

    Inspiring! Who knew there was poetry to be made from stinkbugs! Let me try….

    It lands on my plate
    shield shaped blotch propped on bent wires
    a crisp puff with eyes

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