9780679750802

Selected Poems

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    9780679750802

  • ISBN10:

    0679750800

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1993-09-28
  • Publisher: Vintage

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Riat Dove, Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, was born and raised in Akron, Ohio.  She has published the novel <b>Through the Ivory Gate</b>, a collection of stories, a verse drama, a book of essays and five books of poetry, among them <b>Thomas and Beulah</b>, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1987.  The recipient of numerous literary fellowships and awards, she is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia and lives near Charlottesville with her husband, Fred Viebahn, and their daughter, Aviva.

Table of Contents

Introduction xix
Rita Dove
THE YELLOW HOUSE ON THE CORNER
I
This Life
4(1)
The Bird Frau
5(1)
Robert Schumann, Or: Musical Genius Begins with Affliction
6(1)
Happenstance
7(1)
Small Town
8(1)
The Snow King
9(1)
Sightseeing
10(2)
Upon Meeting Don L. Lee, In a Dream
12(1)
``Teach Us to Number Our Days''
13(1)
Nigger Song: An Odyssey
14(2)
II
Five Elephants
16(1)
Geometry
17(1)
Champagne
18(1)
Night Watch
19(1)
The Secret Garden
20(8)
A Suite for Augustus
1963
21(1)
D.C.
22(1)
Planning the Perfect Evening
23(1)
Augustus Observes the Sunset
24(1)
Wake
25(1)
Back
26(2)
III
Belinda's Petition
28(1)
The House Slave
29(1)
David Walker (1785-1830)
30(1)
The Abduction
31(1)
The Transport of Slaves From Maryland to Mississippi
32(2)
Pamela
34(1)
Someone's Blood
35(1)
Cholera
36(2)
The Slave's Critique of Practical Reason
38(2)
Kentucky, 1833
40(2)
IV
Adolescence---I
42(1)
Adolescence---II
43(1)
Adolescence---III
44(1)
The Boast
45(1)
The Kadava Kumbis Devise a Way to Marry for Love
46(1)
Spy
47(1)
First Kiss
48(1)
Then Came Flowers
49(1)
Pearls
50(1)
Nexus
51(3)
V
Notes from a Tunisian Journal
54(1)
The Sahara Bus Trip
55(2)
For Kazuko
57(1)
Beauty and the Beast
58(1)
His Shirt
59(2)
Great Uncle Beefheart
61(1)
The Son
62(1)
Corduroy Road
63(1)
O
64(5)
MUSEUM
I The Hill Has Something to Say
The Fish in the Stone
69(1)
The Ants of Argos
70(1)
Pithos
71(1)
Nestor's Bathtub
72(2)
The Hill Has Something to Say
74(2)
The Copper Beech
76(1)
Tou Wan Speaks to Her Husband, Liu Sheng
77(2)
Catherine of Alexandria
79(1)
Catherine of Siena
80(1)
Receiving the Stigmata
81(1)
Boccaccio: The Plague Years
82(1)
Fiammetta Breaks Her Peace
83(4)
II In the Bulrush
November for Beginners
87(1)
Reading Holderlin on the Patio with the Aid of a Dictionary
88(1)
Shakespeare Say
89(3)
Three Days of Forest, a River, Free
92(1)
Banneker
93(2)
In the Bulrush
95(1)
Delft
96(1)
Ike
97(1)
Agosta the Winged Man and Rasha the Black Dove
98(3)
At the German Writers Conference in Munich
101(4)
III My Father's Telescope
Grape Sherbet
105(1)
Roses
106(2)
Sunday Night at Grandfather's
108(1)
Centipede
109(1)
My Father's Telescope
110(1)
Song. Summer
111(1)
Anti-Father
112(2)
To Bed
114(1)
A Father out Walking on the Lawn
115(4)
IV Primer for the Nuclear Age
The Sailor in Africa
119(5)
Early Morning on the Tel Aviv-Haifa Freeway
124(1)
Why I Turned Vegetarian
125(1)
Eastern European Eclogues
126(2)
Flirtation
128(1)
Exeunt the Viols
129(1)
The Left-Handed Cellist
130(1)
Lines Muttered in Sleep
131(1)
Primer for the Nuclear Age
132(1)
Parsley
133(8)
Notes
136(5)
THOMAS AND BEULAH
I Mandolin
The Event
141(2)
Variation on Pain
143(1)
Jiving
144(1)
Straw Hat
145(1)
Courtship
146(2)
Refrain
148(2)
Variation on Guilt
150(1)
Nothing Down
151(3)
The Zeppelin Factory
154(2)
Under the Viaduct, 1932
156(1)
Lightnin' Blues
157(1)
Compendium
158(1)
Definition in the Face of Unnamed Fury
159(1)
Aircraft
160(1)
Aurora Borealis
161(1)
Variation on Gaining a Son
162(1)
One Volume Missing
163(1)
The Charm
164(1)
Gospel
165(2)
Roast Possum
167(2)
The Stroke
169(1)
The Satisfaction Coal Company
170(2)
Thomas at the Wheel
172(3)
II Canary in Bloom
Taking in Wash
175(1)
Magic
176(1)
Courtship, Diligence
177(1)
Promises
178(1)
Dusting
179(2)
A Hill of Beans
181(2)
Weathering Out
183(2)
Motherhood
185(1)
Anniversary
186(1)
The House on Bishop Street
187(1)
Daystar
188(1)
Obedience
189(1)
The Great Palaces of Versailles
190(2)
Pomade
192(2)
Headdress
194(1)
Sunday Greens
195(1)
Recovery
196(1)
Nightmare
197(1)
Wingfoot Lake
198(2)
Company
200(1)
The Oriental Ballerina
201(2)
Chronology 203(2)
Index of Titles 205

Excerpts

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.

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