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Rita Dove


Poems of Rita Dove

1. "I have been a stranger in a strange land" 10/11/2013
2. "Teach Us to Number Our Days" 10/11/2013
3. Adolescence I 2/22/2014
4. Banneker 10/11/2013
5. Borderline Mambo 2/22/2014
6. Canary 10/11/2013
7. Cozy Apologia 10/11/2013
8. Dusting 10/11/2013
9. Exit 10/11/2013
10. Fifth Grade Autobiography 10/11/2013
11. Flirtation 10/11/2013
12. Golden Oldie 10/11/2013
13. Heart to Heart 10/11/2013
14. Lady Freedom Among Us 10/21/2013
15. Lines Composed on the Body Politic 10/11/2013
16. Ludwig Von Beethoven's Return to Vienna 2/22/2014
17. My Father Enters the Work Force 10/21/2013
18. November for Beginners 10/11/2013
19. Reverie In Open Air 10/12/2013
20. Shirt sleeved 2/22/2014

Cozy Apologia

I could pick anything and think of you—
This lamp, the wind-still rain, the glossy blue
My pen exudes, drying matte, upon the page.
I could choose any hero, any cause or age
And, sure as shooting arrows to the heart,
Astride a dappled mare, legs braced as far apart
As standing in silver stirrups will allow—
There you'll be, with furrowed brow
And chain mail glinting, to set me free:

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