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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, former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and musician, 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 CoverGrace Notes: Poems

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

  3. 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

  4. Book CoverOn the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems

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

  5. 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