Rita Dove


Rita Dove Poems

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

Read the full of "I Have Been A Stranger In A Strange Land&Quot;

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Billie Holiday's burned voice
had as many shadows as lights,
a mournful candelabra against a sleek piano,
the gardenia her signature under that ruined face.

(Now you're cooking, drummer to bass,
magic spoon, magic needle.
Take all day if you have to
with your mirror and your bracelet of song.)

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