Rita Dove

Rita Dove Poems

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

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


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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