Rita Dove

Rita Dove Poems

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

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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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