Rita Dove


Rita Dove Quotes

  • ''Everybody who's anybody longs to be a tree—''
    Rita Dove (b. 1952), U.S. poet and fiction writer. "Horse and Tree," line 1 (1989).
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  • ''Everyone waiting here was once in love.''
    Rita Dove (b. 1952), U.S. poet and fiction writer. "Old Folk's Home, Jerusalem," last line (1989).
  • ''They were masculine toys. They were tall wishes. They were the ribs of the modern world.''
    Rita Dove (b. 1952), U.S. poet and fiction writer. "Silos," last paragraph of the prose poem (1989).

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Golden Oldie

I made it home early, only to get
stalled in the driveway-swaying
at the wheel like a blind pianist caught in a tune
meant for more than two hands playing.
The words were easy, crooned
by a young girl dying to feel alive, to discover
a pain majestic enough
to live by. I turned the air conditioning off,
leaned back to float on a film of sweat,

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