Rita Dove

Rita Dove, 1952–, American poet, b. Akron, Ohio. Her first poetry collection, Ten Poems, was published in 1977. Her verse is at once concise, precise, and evocative. History as seen from an African-American perspective is perhaps her most important theme: the history of her country, as in the slavery poem sequence of The Yellow House on the Corner (1980), and the history of her own family, as in the Pulitzer Prize–winning volume Thomas and Beulah (1986), her grandparents' life story in verse. In her many collections, Dove also writes compellingly of mother-daughter relations, e.g., Mother Love (1995), everyday life, travel, and the aesthetic experience itself. From 1993 to 1995 she was U.S. poet laureate, the first African American to hold the post. An English professor at the Univ. of Virginia, Dove has also written short stories, a play, and a novel.

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On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems
Rita Dove.
W. W. Norton, 1999
Grace Notes: Poems
Rita Dove.
W. W. Norton, 1989
Into a Light Both Brilliant and Unseen: Conversations with Contemporary Black Poets
Malin Pereira.
University of Georgia Press, 2010
Librarian’s tip: "Rita Dove" begins on p. 69
By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry
Molly McQuade.
Graywolf Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "'Either I'm Nobody, or I'm a Nation'" by Rita Dove begins on p. 103
The Darker Face of the Earth
Dove, Rita.
American Theatre, Vol. 13, No. 9, November 1996
Contemporary Black American Poets and Dramatists
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Rita Dove" begins on p. 17
Black American Women Poets and Dramatists
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Rita Dove b. 1952" begins on p. 59
Reading the Scars: Rita Dove's the Darker Face of the Earth
Carlisle, Theodora.
African American Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, Spring 2000
"When the Pear Blossoms / Cast Their Pale Faces on / the Darker Face of the Earth": Miscegenation, the Primal Scene, and the Incest Motif in Rita Dove's Work
Pereira, Malin.
African American Review, Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 2002
Language and Literature in the African American Imagination
Carol Aisha Blackshire-Belay.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Folk Idiom in the Literary Expression of Two African American Authors: Rita Dove and Yuset Komunyakaa"
Divided Loyalties: Literal and Literary in the Poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes, Cathy Song and Rita Dove
Wallace, Patricia.
MELUS, Vol. 18, No. 3, Fall 1993
Giving Their Word: Conversations with Contemporary Poets
Steven Ratiner.
University of Massachusetts Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "A Chorus of Voices: Rita Dove"
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