University of Pittsburgh professor and author Toi Derricotte is one of the most honored African American poets in the literary world today. Her poems often focus on reality and pressing issues in society today. In this book, her first memoir, which she began writing 20 years ago, Derricotte writes about what it means to be a black woman living in a racially divided world.
BookMark: The Black Notebooks: an Interior Journey, by Toi Derricotte (Norton, 1999)
By REVIEWER MARJORIE MADDOX, AN AWARD-WINNING POET, IS DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE WRITING AT LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY. • September 17, 2008