Collected Poems: 1974-2004
Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award
Finalist for the 2017 NAACP Image Award
Three decades of powerful lyric poetry from a virtuoso of the English language in one unabridged volume.
Rita Dove’s Collected Poems 1974–2004 showcases the wide-ranging diversity that earned her a Pulitzer Prize, the position of U.S. poet laureate, a National Humanities Medal, and a National Me...more
Published twenty-one years after Rita Dove finished serving as the U.S. poet laureate, her Collected Poems gathers together seven volumes of poetry written over the course of three decades: the compilation sketches the trajectory of the early and middle stages of Dove's brilliant career as a poet, leaving out only her most recent work. The poems of Dove's first two collections—The Yellow House on the Corner and Muse ...more
I think my favorites were from Grace Notes: Poems, Mother Love, and On the Bus With Rosa Parks - that's roughly the poems Rita Dove had published in collections between 1989 and 1999. It will be interesting to read these collected works again, in the future, and see if that remains true!
Years ago, I read the Holy Bible cover to cover and walked away thinking that while it is the voice of God as told through humanity -- and thus, an autobiography of sorts of God Almighty written by a whole bunch of "ghost writers" or writers inhibited with the Holy Ghost -- it made for some pretty good reading. But I also felt it was an interesting autobiography in that it told of the arc of God's own spiritual and emotional maturatio ...more
She is a brilliant, earthy poet with a lot of messages woven into her beautiful and elegantly crafted poetry. This is a really great collection which I thoroughly enjoyed.