Rita Dove

Rita Dove Poems

1. Trans— 6/23/2015
2. Reverie In Open Air 10/12/2013
3. The Cane Fields 10/11/2013
4. My Father Enters The Work Force 10/21/2013
5. Banneker 10/11/2013
6. Borderline Mambo 2/22/2014
7. Testimonial 10/12/2013
8. Straw Hat 2/22/2014
9. Dusting 10/11/2013
10. Taking In Wash 3/18/2015
11. Cozy Apologia 10/11/2013
12. Wingfoot Lake 10/21/2013
13. Ludwig Von Beethoven's Return To Vienna 2/22/2014
14. Lines Composed On The Body Politic 10/11/2013
15. The Great Palaces Of Versailles 10/21/2013
16. Canary 10/11/2013
17. Fifth Grade Autobiography 10/11/2013
18. November For Beginners 10/11/2013
19. Wiring Home 10/21/2013
20. Golden Oldie 10/11/2013
21. Vacation 10/21/2013
22. The Secret Garden 10/21/2013
23. Shirt Sleeved 2/22/2014
24. Lady Freedom Among Us 10/21/2013
25. Exit 10/11/2013
26. Chocolate 2/6/2015
27. "Teach Us To Number Our Days&Quot; 10/11/2013
28. Heart To Heart 10/11/2013
29. Adolescence I 2/22/2014
30. "I Have Been A Stranger In A Strange Land&Quot; 10/11/2013
31. Flirtation 10/11/2013
Best Poem of Rita Dove


After all, there's no need
to say anything
at first. An orange, peeled
and quartered, flares
like a tulip on a wedge wood plate
Anything can happen.
Outside the sun
has rolled up her rugs
and night strewn salt
across the sky. My heart
is humming a tune
I haven't heard in years!
Quiet's cool flesh—
let's sniff and eat it.
There are ways
to make of the moment
a topiary
so the pleasure's in
walking through.

Read the full of Flirtation


Just when hope withers, the visa is granted.
The door opens to a street like in the movies,
clean of people, of cats; except it is your street
you are leaving. A visa has been granted,
'provisionally'-a fretful word.
The windows you have closed behind
you are turning pink, doing what they do
every dawn. Here it's gray. The door
to the taxicab waits. This suitcase,

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