Rita Dove

Rita Dove Poems

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


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,
the saddest object in the world.
Well, the world's open. And now through
the windshield the sky begins to blush
as you did when your mother told you
what it took to be a woman in ...

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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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