After the Gwendolyn Brooks reading.
She sits at the book-signing table with a colorful African wrap tied around her head. She may have her chin in her palm, elbow on the table, as if resting her brain (that silvery Jell-O in its luminous oyster shell) as she listens intently to each one of the churchwomen who have come on a bus in large church hats. They squawk with joy as they hand her bedraggled books taken down from their most honored shelves; & she, who conceived of Maud Martha (that woman who, by sparing a kitchen mouse, discovered, unfurling, her own great wings of compassion), talks to each one, letting them take as many pictures as they like, sandwiched between them-- small, dignified, and perfectly at ease.
TO1 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.
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|Title Annotation:||six poems|
|Publication:||The American Poetry Review|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2018|
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