Rita Dove

Rita Dove, 1952–, American poet, b. Akron, Ohio, studied Iowa Writers' Workshop (M.F.A., 1977). 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 maternal 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. Her Collected Poems, 1974–2004 was published in 2016. An English professor at the Univ. of Virginia, Dove has also written short stories, a play, and a novel.

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Rita Dove: Selected full-text books and articles

Grace Notes: Poems By Rita Dove W. W. Norton, 1989
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On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems By Rita Dove W. W. Norton, 1999
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The New Anthology of American Poetry By Steven Gould Axelrod; Camille Roman; Thomas Travisano Rutgers University Press, vol.3, 2012
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By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry By Molly McQuade Graywolf Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: "'Either I'm Nobody, or I'm a Nation'" by Rita Dove begins on p. 103
"No More Buried Lives": Voicing Protest in Rita Dove's on the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems By Kumari, Tanima; Singh, Rajni IUP Journal of English Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3, September 2016
In the Frame: Women's Ekphrastic Poetry from Marianne Moore to Susan Wheeler By Jane Hedley; Nick Halpern; Willard Spiegelman University of Delaware Press, 2009
Rita Dove's Poetic Expeditions By Sastri, Reena Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 58, No. 1, Spring 2012
The Darker Face of the Earth By Dove, Rita American Theatre, Vol. 13, No. 9, November 1996
Reading the Scars: Rita Dove's the Darker Face of the Earth By Carlisle, Theodora African American Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, Spring 2000
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Rita Dove, Dancing By Spiegelman, Willard The Virginia Quarterly Review, Vol. 81, No. 1, Winter 2005
"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 By Pereira, Malin African American Review, Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 2002
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Language and Literature in the African American Imagination By 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"
Giving Their Word: Conversations with Contemporary Poets By Steven Ratiner University of Massachusetts Press, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. 11 "A Chorus of Voices: Rita Dove"
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Into a Light Both Brilliant and Unseen: Conversations with Contemporary Black Poets By Malin Pereira University of Georgia Press, 2010
Librarian's tip: "Rita Dove" begins on p. 69
Black American Women Poets and Dramatists By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, 1996
Librarian's tip: "Rita Dove b. 1952" begins on p. 59
Popular Contemporary Writers By Michael D. Sharp Marshall Cavendish Reference, vol.4, 2006
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