Toi Derricotte, "I": New and Selected Poems presented by City of AsylumMonday, June 1, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
In April 2019 City of Asylum was honored to host a Celebration of Toi Derricotte to accompany the launch of her memoir “I”: New and Selected Poems. Toi has been a friend and frequent performer at City of Asylum for many years and her packed, powerhouse April reading did not disappoint.
Streamed on The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh channel. (run-time 45 minutes)
This program presents highlights from Toi’s celebratory book launch and some of her other City of Asylum performances throughout the years (including some wow-ing Jazz Poetry collaborations). We also catch up with Toi to discuss how she’s found community in quarantine and her belief that raising up one’s voices is more important now than ever before.
“I”: New and Selected Poems shows the reader both the closeness of the enemy and the poet’s inherent courage, inventiveness, and joy. It is a record of one woman’s response to the repressive and fracturing forces around the subjects of race, class, color, gender, and sexuality. Each poem is an act of victory, finding a path through repressive forces to speak with both beauty and truth.