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Selected poems /
Rita Dove.
edition
1st Vintage ed.
imprint
New York : Vintage Books, c1993.
description
xv, 210 p.
ISBN
0679750800
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imprint
New York : Vintage Books, c1993.
isbn
0679750800
catalogue key
322048
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Excerpts
Excerpt from Book
The Secret Garden I was ill, lying on my bed of old papers, when you came with white rabbits in your arms; and the doves scattered upwards, flying to mothers, and the snails sighed under their baggage of stone . . . Now your tongue grows like celery between us; Because of our love-cries, cabbage darkens in its nest; the cauliflower thinks of her pale, plump children and turns greenish-white in a light like the ocean's. I was sick, fainting in the smell of teabags, when you came with tomatoes, a good poetry. I am being wooed. I am being conquered by a cliff of limestone that leaves chalk on my breasts.
First Chapter
The Secret Garden

I was ill, lying on my bed of old papers,
when you came with white rabbits in your arms;
and the doves scattered upwards, flying to mothers,
and the snails sighed under their baggage of stone . . .

Now your tongue grows like celery between us;
Because of our love-cries, cabbage darkens in its nest;
the cauliflower thinks of her pale, plump children
and turns greenish-white in a light like the ocean's.

I was sick, fainting in the smell of teabags,
when you came with tomatoes, a good poetry.
I am being wooed.  I am being conquered
by a cliff of limestone that leaves chalk on my breasts.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-11-15:
Dove is a prolific poet whose honors include the Pulitzer Prize and her present appointment as Poet Laureate of the United States (she is the youngest poet and the only African American to have held this post). This book includes poems from her first three books. A prose introduction by the author about becoming a writer ends with a recent autobiographical poem, ``In the Old Neighborhood,'' which reiterates in powerful images the concern with self-definition and history in the older poems. Of strawberries, she writes, ``Mom sliced the red hearts into sugar/ and left them to build their own/ improbable juice.'' Indeed, the personal narrative, both contemporary and historical, drives these poems; full of observed detail, they are shaped by huge events--birth, death, hardship, racism, politics: ``No front yard to speak of/just a porch cantilevered on faith.'' ``Thomas and Beulah,'' the magnificent narrative sequence based on Dove's grandparents' lives, is included in its entirety. Essential.-- Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-09-27:
Contains the poet laureate's previous volumes, The Yellow House on the Corner , Museum and Thomas and Beulah , plus a new introduction and poem. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Remarkable . . . a poet of dramatic force." --The New York Review of Books "Consistently accomplished . . . Dove's is a brilliant mind that seeks for itself the widest possible play, an ever-expanding range of reference, the most acute distinctions, and the most subtle shadings of meaning. . . . Her is a major career." --Arnold Rampersad,Callaloo "Dove's poems, rich with elegant phrasing and Southern spice, blast tradition by pulling readers into other lives and then dazzle them with an often startling mastery of language." --Boston Globe "Rita Dove . . . is a devoted and subtle storyteller [whose] gifts are evoking, and sometimes exalting, the everyday moments we live by but may neglect or forget, the music of her words issuing a message of uncanny integrity and calm. Though often writing of private experience (mothering, mourning death, watching rain), she never seems to lose sight of the world beyond." --Newsweek
"Remarkable . . . a poet of dramatic force." -- The New York Review of Books "Consistently accomplished . . . Dove's is a brilliant mind that seeks for itself the widest possible play, an ever-expanding range of reference, the most acute distinctions, and the most subtle shadings of meaning. . . . Her is a major career." --Arnold Rampersad, Callaloo "Dove's poems, rich with elegant phrasing and Southern spice, blast tradition by pulling readers into other lives and then dazzle them with an often startling mastery of language." -- Boston Globe "Rita Dove . . . is a devoted and subtle storyteller [whose] gifts are evoking, and sometimes exalting, the everyday moments we live by but may neglect or forget, the music of her words issuing a message of uncanny integrity and calm. Though often writing of private experience (mothering, mourning death, watching rain), she never seems to lose sight of the world beyond." -- Newsweek
"Remarkable . . . a poet of dramatic force." --The New York Review of Books "Consistently accomplished . . . Dove's is a brilliant mind that seeks for itself the widest possible play, an ever-expanding range of reference, the most acute distinctions, and the most subtle shadings of meaning. . . . Her is a major career." --Arnold Rampersad, Callaloo "Dove's poems, rich with elegant phrasing and Southern spice, blast tradition by pulling readers into other lives and then dazzle them with an often startling mastery of language." --Boston Globe "Rita Dove . . . is a devoted and subtle storyteller [whose] gifts are evoking, and sometimes exalting, the everyday moments we live by but may neglect or forget, the music of her words issuing a message of uncanny integrity and calm. Though often writing of private experience (mothering, mourning death, watching rain), she never seems to lose sight of the world beyond." --Newsweek
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Summaries
Authored Title
Three collections of poetry by the U.S. poet laureate are gathered here into one volume: The Yellow House on the Corner; Museum; & the Pulitzer Prize-winning Thomas & Beulah. Dove's images draw on African American history & family experiences to illuminate today's world.
Main Description
Here in one volume is a selection of the extraordinary poems of Rita Dove, who, as the nation's Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995, brought poetry into the lives of millions of people. Along with a new introduction and poem, Selected Poems comprises Dove's collections The Yellow House on the Corner, which includes a group of poems devoted to the themes of slavery and freedom; Museum, intimate ruminations on home and the world; and finally, Thomas and Beulah, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, a verse cycle loosely based on her grandparents' lives. Precisely yet intensely felt, resonant with the voices of ordinary people, Rita Dove's Selected Poems is marked by lyric intensity and compassionate storytelling.
Main Description
Here in one volume is a selection of the extraordinary poems of Rita Dove, who, as the nation's Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995, brought poetry into the lives of millions of people. Along with a new introduction and poem,Selected Poemscomprises Dove's collectionsThe Yellow House on the Corner, which includes a group of poems devoted to the themes of slavery and freedom;Museum, intimate ruminations on home and the world; and finally,Thomas and Beulah, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, a verse cycle loosely based on her grandparents' lives. Precisely yet intensely felt, resonant with the voices of ordinary people, Rita Dove'sSelected Poemsis marked by lyric intensity and compassionate storytelling.
Table of Contents
Introduction
This Lifep. 4
The Bird Fraup. 5
Robert Schumann, Or: Musical Genius Begins with Afflictionp. 6
Happenstancep. 7
Small Townp. 8
The Snow Kingp. 9
Sightseeingp. 10
Upon Meeting Don L. Lee, In a Dreamp. 12
"Teach Us to Number Our Days"p. 13
Nigger Song: An Odysseyp. 14
Five Elephantsp. 16
Geometryp. 17
Champagnep. 18
Night Watchp. 19
The Secret Gardenp. 20
1963p. 21
D.C.p. 22
Planning the Perfect Eveningp. 23
Augustus Observes the Sunsetp. 24
Wakep. 25
Backp. 26
Belinda's Petitionp. 28
The House Slavep. 29
David Walker (1785-1830)p. 30
The Abductionp. 31
The Transport of Slaves From Maryland to Mississippip. 32
Pamelap. 34
Someone's Bloodp. 35
Cholerap. 36
The Slave's Critique of Practical Reasonp. 38
Kentucky, 1833p. 40
Adolescence - Ip. 42
Adolescence - IIp. 43
Adolescence - IIIp. 44
The Boastp. 45
The Kadava Kumbis Devise a Way to Marry for Lovep. 46
Spyp. 47
First Kissp. 48
Then Came Flowersp. 49
Pearlsp. 50
Nexusp. 51
Notes from a Tunisian Journalp. 54
The Sahara Bus Tripp. 55
For Kazukop. 57
Beauty and the Beastp. 58
His Shirtp. 59
Great Uncle Beefheartp. 61
The Sonp. 62
Corduroy Roadp. 63
Op. 64
The Fish in the Stonep. 69
The Ants of Argosp. 70
Pithosp. 71
Nestor's Bathtubp. 72
The Hill Has Something to Sayp. 74
The Copper Beechp. 76
Tou Wan Speaks to Her Husband, Liu Shengp. 77
Catherine of Alexandriap. 79
Catherine of Sienap. 80
Receiving the Stigmatap. 81
Boccaccio: The Plague Yearsp. 82
Fiammetta Breaks Her Peacep. 83
November for Beginnersp. 87
Reading Holderlin on the Patio with the Aid of a Dictionaryp. 88
Shakespeare Sayp. 89
Three Days of Forest, a River, Freep. 92
Bannekerp. 93
In the Bulrushp. 95
Delftp. 96
Ikep. 97
Agosta the Winged Man and Rasha the Black Dovep. 98
At the German Writers Conference in Munichp. 101
Grape Sherbetp. 105
Rosesp. 106
Sunday Night at Grandfather'sp. 108
Centipedep. 109
My Father's Telescopep. 110
Song. Summerp. 111
Anti-Fatherp. 112
To Bedp. 114
A Father out Walking on the Lawnp. 115
The Sailor in Africap. 119
Early Morning on the Tel Aviv-Haifa Freewayp. 124
Why I Turned Vegetarianp. 125
Eastern European Ecloguesp. 126
Flirtationp. 128
Exeunt the Violsp. 129
The Left-Handed Cellistp. 130
Lines Muttered in Sleepp. 131
Primer for the Nuclear Agep. 132
Parsleyp. 133
Notesp. 136
The Eventp. 141
Variation on Painp. 143
Jivingp. 144
Straw Hatp. 145
Courtshipp. 146
Refrainp. 148
Variation on Guiltp. 150
Nothing Downp. 151
The Zeppelin Factoryp. 154
Under the Viaduct, 1932p. 156
Lightnin' Bluesp. 157
Compendiump. 158
Definition in the Face of Unnamed Furyp. 159
Aircraftp. 160
Aurora Borealisp. 161
Variation on Gaining a Sonp. 162
One Volume Missingp. 163
The Charmp. 164
Gospelp. 165
Roast Possump. 167
The Strokep. 169
The Satisfaction Coal Companyp. 170
Thomas at the Wheelp. 172
Taking in Washp. 175
Magicp. 176
Courtship, Diligencep. 177
Promisesp. 178
Dustingp. 179
A Hill of Beansp. 181
Weathering Outp. 183
Motherhoodp. 185
Anniversaryp. 186
The House on Bishop Streetp. 187
Daystarp. 188
Obediencep. 189
The Great Palaces of Versaillesp. 190
Pomadep. 192
Headdressp. 194
Sunday Greensp. 195
Recoveryp. 196
Nightmarep. 197
Wingfoot Lakep. 198
Companyp. 200
The Oriental Ballerinap. 201
Chronologyp. 203
Index of Titlesp. 205
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