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Author: DOVE, RITA
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Dove, Rita    Poet's Biography
98 poems available by this author


A HILL OF BEANS    Poem Text    
First Line: One spring the circus gave
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


ADOLESCENCE: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: In water-heavy nights behind grandmother's porch
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


ADOLESCENCE: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Although it is night, I sit in the bathroom, waiting
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


ADOLESCENCE: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: With dad gone, mom and I worked
Subject(s): Adolescence; Baby Boom Generation; Women; Teen Agers


AFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: Out where crows dip to their kill


AFTER READING MICKEY IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN FOR THE THIRD TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter spreads her legs
Last Line: And the pink's in us
Subject(s): Daughters; Popular Culture - United States


AMERICAN SMOOTH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


ANTI-FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Contrary to / tales you told us
Last Line: Inconceivably intimate
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


ARS POETICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirty miles to the only decent restaurant
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


BANNEKER    Poem Text    
First Line: What did he do except lie / under a pear tree
Subject(s): Astronomy & Astronomers; Banneker, Benjamin (1731-1806); Mathematics; Racial Equality


BLOWN APART    Poem Text    
First Line: Blown apart by loss, she let herself go
Last Line: Serves her right, the old mare
Subject(s): Literary Form; Grief


CANARY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Billie holiday's burned voice
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Holiday, Billie (1915-1959); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin; Songs


CLAUDETTE COLVIN GOES TO WORK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Menial twilight sweeps the storefronts along lexington
Last Line: Whenever sleep comes down on me
Subject(s): Bus Terminals; Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


COZY APOLOGIA; FOR FRED    Poem Text    
First Line: I could pick anything and think of you-
Last Line: I fill this stolen time with you
Subject(s): Boys; Hearts; Love - Beginnings; Youth


CRAB-BOIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do I remember the sky
Last Line: We're kicked out now. I'm ready (emphasis mine)
Subject(s): Racism; Civil Rights Movement


DAWN REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine you wake up
Last Line: If you don't get up and see
Subject(s): Dawn; Sunrise


DAYSTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: She wanted a little room for thinking
Subject(s): Mothers


DEMETER'S PRAYER TO HADES    Poem Text    
First Line: This alone is what I wish for you: knowledge
Subject(s): Knowledge


DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS OR LESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm not the kind of person who praises
Subject(s): Self


DUSTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Every day a wilderness
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


FIFTH GRADE AUTOBIOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was four in this photograph fishing
Last Line: But I remember his hands
Subject(s): Family Life; Grandparents; Hands; Relatives; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


FLASH CARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: In math I was the whiz kid, keeper
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Teaching & Teachers; Students; Educators; Professors


FLIRTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: After all, there's no need
Last Line: Walking through
Subject(s): Flirtation


FREEDOM RIDE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: As if, after high street
Last Line: Or a mosque adrift on a milk-fed pond
Subject(s): Buses; Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Civil Rights Movement


GEOMETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I prove a theorem and the house expands
Subject(s): Geometry


GHOST WALK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The neighbors who never
Last Line: And a last glass of wine
Subject(s): Ghosts; Supernatural; Rosa Parkes (1913-2005); Civil Rights Movement


GOSPEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Swing low so I / can step inside
Last Line: Heavenward, warbling
Subject(s): Spiritual Life; Women & Religion


GRAPE SHERBERT    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The day? Memorial. / after the grill
Last Line: You bothered, / father
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


HADES' PITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: If I could just touch your ankle, he whispers, there
Subject(s): Hell


HEART TO HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: It's neither red / nor sweet
Last Line: To take me, , too
Subject(s): Desire; Emotions; Hearts


HER ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Around us, blazed stones, closed ground


HEROES    Poem Text    
First Line: A flower in a weedy field
Subject(s): Poppies


HIS SHIRT    Poem Text    
First Line: Does not show his
Last Line: Fragile and / ordinary
Subject(s): Love


HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything's a metaphor, some wise
Last Line: Will find its symbol†, the woman thinks
Subject(s): Literary Form


I HAVE BEEN A STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND'    Poem Text    
First Line: It wasn't bliss. What was bliss
Last Line: Warming her outstretched palm
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Desire; Eden; Life; Temptation; Eve


IN THE LOBBY OF THE WARNER THEATRE, WASHINGTON, DC    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They'd positioned her - two attendants flanking the wheelchair
Last Line: Waiting for the moment to take her
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Washington, D.c.


KENTUCKY, 1833    Poem Text    
First Line: It is sunday, day of roughhousing. We are let out in the woods
Last Line: If we could read, would change our lives
Subject(s): Slavery; Books & Reading


LINES COMPOSED ON THE BODY POLITIC: AN ACCOUNTING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Elizabeth I, Queen Of England (1533-1603


LOST BRILLIANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I miss that corridor drenched in shadow,


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN'S RETURN TO VIENNA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Three miles from my adopted city
Subject(s): Beethoven, Ludwig Van (1770-1827)


MAGIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Practice makes perfect, the old folks said
Last Line: She would make it to paris one day
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


MEDITATION AT FIFTY YARDS, MOVING TARGET    Poem Text    
First Line: Never point your weapon, keep your finger
Last Line: Sleeping in the next room, all with one shot
Subject(s): Bullets; Guns; Meditation


MOTHER LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Who can forget the attitude of mothering?
Last Line: To scream like that, to make me remember
Subject(s): Mothers


MY FATHER'S TELESCOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: The oldest joke
Last Line: In oak
Subject(s): Telescopes & Binoculars; Opera Glasses


MY MOTHER ENTERS THE WORK FORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The path to abc business school
Subject(s): Mothers


NOVEMBER FOR BEGINNERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow would be the easy


O       
First Line: Shape the lips to say an o, say a
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


OLD FOLK'S HOME, JERUSALEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Evening, the bees fled, the honeysuckle
Subject(s): Nursing Homes; Old Age; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


ONE VOLUME MISSING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Green sludge of a riverbank
Last Line: No zebras, no virginia, / no wars
Subject(s): Encyclopedia; Healing; Cures


PARSLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a parrot imitating spring
Subject(s): Dominican Republic; Language; Parsley; Racism; Trujillo, Rafael (1891-1961); Words; Vocabulary; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


PERSEPHONE UNDERGROUND       
First Line: If I could touch your ankle, he whispers, there
Variant Title(s): Hades' Pitch
Subject(s): Literary Form; Persephone; Proserpine; Proserpina


PERSEPHONE, FALLING    Poem Text    
First Line: One narcissus among the ordinary beautiful
Last Line: Opens. This is how one foot sinks into the ground
Subject(s): Persephone; Proserpine; Proserpina


POLITICAL    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a man spent seven years in hell's circles
Last Line: Of its own accord, is mistaken for song
Subject(s): Literary Form


POMADE    Poem Text    
First Line: She sweeps the kitchen floor of the river bed her husband saw fit


PRIMER FOR THE NUCLEAR AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: At the edge of the mariner's
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear Freeze


PROTECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Are you having a good time?


QE2. TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING. THIRD DAY.    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Panel of gray silk. Liquefied ashes. Dingy percale tugged over
Last Line: Well, I'd get off if I knew where to go
Subject(s): Sea Voyages


READING HOLDERLIN ON THE PATIO WITH THE AID OF A DICTIONARY    Poem Text    
First Line: One by one, the words
Last Line: Remembering air
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


REUNION 2005    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Thirty seconds into the barbecue,
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


REVERIE IN OPEN AIR    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I acknowledge my status as a stranger
Last Line: But news of a breeze
Subject(s): Air; Calm; Human Behavior; Placid; Undisturbed; Tranquility; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


ROAST POSSUM    Poem Text    
First Line: The possum's a greasy critter
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


ROSA    Poem Text    
First Line: How she sat there
Subject(s): Etiquette; Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Manners; Courtesy


ROSES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Roses


RUSKS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is how it happened
Last Line: Her purse. That courtesy
Subject(s): Nature


SILOS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Like martial swans in spring paraded against the city sky's
Last Line: Dreading math work
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


SIT BACK, RELAX    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, lord. No rest
Last Line: Just plain grieves
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Religion; Theology


SMALL TOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone is sitting in the red house
Last Line: To avoid being laughed at during the day
Subject(s): Towns


SONNET IN PRIMARY COLORS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is for the woman with one black wing
Subject(s): Kahlo, Frida (1907-1954); Women


STRAW HAT    Poem Text    
First Line: In the city, under the saw-toothed leaves of an oak


TAKING IN WASH    Poem Text    
First Line: Papa called her pearl when he came home
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TESTIMONIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Back when the earth was new


THE BISTRO STYX    Poem Text    
First Line: She was thinner, with a mannered gauntness
Last Line: Iíve lost her, I thought, and called for the bill
Subject(s): Paris, France; Persephone; Proserpine; Proserpina


THE BOAST    Poem Text    
First Line: At the dinner table, before the baked eggplant, you tell the story of your friend, ira


THE BREATHING, THE ENDLESS NEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every god is lonely, an exile


THE ENACTMENT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Can't use no teenager, especially
Last Line: We have prepared for her
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE EVENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ever since they'd left the tennessee ridge
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE FISH IN THE STONE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Strokes the fern's / voluptuous braille
Subject(s): Fossils


THE GREAT PALACES OF VERSAILLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing nastier than a white person!
Subject(s): Versailles, Frances; Violence; Women


THE GREAT PIECE OF TURF    Poem Text    
First Line: Dug out just before sunrise
Last Line: Dying before the very eye
Subject(s): Nature


THE HOUSE SLAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The first horn lifts its arm over the dew-lit grass
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


THE HOUSE SLAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The first horn lifts its arm over the dew-lit grass
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


THE PASSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Got up / this morning at 2:45, breakfast at 3:30
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


THE POND, PORCH-VIEW: SIX P.M., EARLY SPRING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I sit, and sit, and will my thoughts
Last Line: Who am I kidding? Here I am
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Spring


THE SATISFACTION COAL COMPANY    Poem Text    
First Line: What to do with a day
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


THE SECRET GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I was ill, lying on my bed of old papers,
Subject(s): Illness


THE SITUATION IS INTOLERABLE'    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Intolerable: that civilized word
Last Line: O yes. O mercy on our souls
Subject(s): Parks, Rosa (1913-2005); Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE SPRING CRICKET CONSIDERS THE QUESTION OF NEGRITUDE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I was playing my tunes all by mysel
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE VENUS OF WILLENDORF    Poem Text    
First Line: She kneels on a work bench
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


THE WAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your absence distributed itself
Subject(s): Wakes


THE ZEPPELIN FACTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: The zeppelin factory / needed workers, all right
Subject(s): Airships


THERE CAME A SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: Http://www.Poetryfoundation.Org/poem/172126


UMOJA: EACH ONE OF US COUNTS    Poem Text    
First Line: One went the way of water
Last Line: We walk on water, we write on air
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


UNDER THE VIADUCT, 1932    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He avoided the empty millyards


USED    Poem Text    
First Line: The conspiracy's to make us thin. Size threes


VACATION    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the hour before takeoff,
Subject(s): Vacation


WATCHING LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD AT ROGER HAGGERTY'S HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a corridor of light
Last Line: That park bench, the frail wisteria.
Subject(s): Marienbad, Czech Republic


WEATHERING OUT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Pregnancy


WINGFOOT LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: On her 36th birthday, thomas had shown her
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Swimming & Swimmers; United States - Race Relations