Rita Dove


Exit - Poem by 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 this life.


Comments about Exit by Rita Dove

  • (4/13/2019 11:17:00 PM)

    Whose passport, who giving the visa? Is it a visa for a woman? Or a visa for an exit from the world? Where she going with the luggage and belongings? Where the traveller with the suitcase? Maybe it with the suitcase a bride going to her in-laws' house. (Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/21/2018 8:57:00 AM)

    Great imageries and a wonderful poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Henry Tong (1/25/2018 9:04:00 AM)

    'provisionally'- a fretful word.What a wonderful poem it is!
    I think all of us hold a visa to desperation. It's just that time doesn't allow us to do it so quickly.
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  • Arupam Maity (8/28/2016 1:56:00 AM)

    hope, I think, is one of the most trusted word in human life and the work is beautifully expressive of this part.

    Rita! I expect that you'll find your things in my poetry
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  • (6/27/2016 3:05:00 AM)

    A very fine ending to a good poem with a very good rhythmic flow.

    Tom Billsborough
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  • Susan Williams (4/24/2016 4:57:00 PM)

    There is such beauty in a poet. And discernment, the ability of seeing the web of connection between events, between objects, and relating them to the readers in such a way as they gain wisdom. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (4/24/2016 9:45:00 AM)

    Wonderful poetry. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Augusto Lunedi (4/24/2016 9:10:00 AM)

    This is a wonderful sonnet with beautiful imagery. I really like the line about the sunrise: the sky begins to blush.
    This is a fine example of what a professional poet can do. The following is taken from her biography:

    From 1993–1995 she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She was the first African American to be appointed since the position was created by an act of Congress in 1986 out of the previous consultant in poetry position (1937–86) . Dove also received an appointment as special consultant in poetry for the Library of Congress's bicentennial year from 1999–2000. Dove is the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, in 1987, and she served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2004–2006.

    Read more of her poems. They are all very good.
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  • (4/24/2016 8:56:00 AM)

    Beautifully envisioned meaningful poem. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/24/2016 12:47:00 AM)

    The door opens to a street like in the movies! ! Nice piece of work. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/15/2014 6:53:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem........ (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 11, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, October 11, 2013


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