Rita Dove

Rita Dove Poems

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

"I Have Been A Stranger In A Strange Land&Quot;

It wasn't bliss. What was bliss
but the ordinary life? She'd spend hours
in patter, moving through whole days
touching, sniffing, tasting . . . exquisite
housekeeping in a charmed world.
And yet there was always

more of the same, all that happiness,
the aimless Being There.
So she wandered for a while, bush to arbor,
lingered to look through a pond's restive mirror.
He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

That's when she found the tree,...

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What did he do except lie
under a pear tree, wrapped in
a great cloak, and meditate
on the heavenly bodies?
Venerable, the good people of Baltimore
whispered, shocked and more than
a little afraid. After all it was said
he took to strong drink.
Why else would he stay out

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