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President Obama & Rita Dove at the White House

President Obama speaks and is joined by renowned poets reciting their work for a celebration of poet ...

Rita Dove

Rita Dove is a former U.S. Poet Laureate, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Heinz Award, and a musician. She lives in Charlottesville, where she is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.


Books by Rita Dove

  1. Book CoverAmerican Smooth: Poems

    "Rita Dove pulls the ultimate dance trick: she makes it look easy."--New York Times Book ReviewMore

  2. Book CoverCollected Poems: 1974–2004

    Three decades of powerful lyric poetry from a virtuoso of the English language in one unabridged volume.More

  3. Book CoverGrace Notes: Poems

    With this her fourth book of poems, Rita Dove expands her role as a leading voice in contemporary American letters.More

  4. Book CoverMother Love: Poems

    Calling upon the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, Mother Love examines the love between mother and daughter, two tumblers locked in an eternal somersault: each mother a daughter, each daughter a potential mother.More

  5. Book CoverOn the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems

    A dazzling new collection by the former Poet Laureate of the United States.More

  6. Book CoverSonata Mulattica: Poems

    Detailing the volatile relationship between the black violinist George Bridgetower and Beethoven, this is a "masterful collection" (Los Angeles Times).More