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Collected poems : 1974--2004

Author: Rita Dove
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Showcases the diversity of the poet's work, including such topics as love, Greek myths, and America's kaleidoscopic cultural heritage.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rita Dove
ISBN: 9780393285949 0393285944
OCLC Number: 921868599
Awards: Short-listed for National Book Award 2016
Nominated for NAACP Image Award 2017
Description: xvi, 432 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: In the old neighborhood. --
from The yellow house on the corner (1980): This life --
The bird frau --
Robert Schumann, or : musical genius begins with affliction --
Happenstance --
Small town --
The Snow King --
Sightseeing --
Upon meeting Don L. Lee, in a dream --
"Teach us to number our days" --
Nigger song : an odyssey --
Five elephants --
Geometry --
Champagne --
Night watch --
The secret garden --
A suite for Augustus : 1963, D.C., Planning the perfect evening, Augustus observes the sunset, Wake, Back --
Belinda's petition --
The house slave --
David Walker (1785-1830) --
The abduction --
The transport of slaves from Maryland to Mississippi --
Pamela --
Someone's blood --
Cholera --
The slave's critique of practical reason --
Kentucky, 1833 --Adolescence : I --
Adolescence : II --
Adolescence : III --
The boast --
The Kadava Kumbis devise a way to marry for love --
Spy --
First kiss --
Then came flowers --
Pearls --
Nexus --
Notes from a Tunisian journal --
The Sahara bus trip --
For Kazuko --
Beauty and the beast --
His shirt --
Great Uncle Beefheart --
The son --
Corduroy Road --
Ö. from Museum (1983): The hill has something to say --
The fish in the stone --
The ants of Argos --
Pithos --
Nestor's bathtub --
The hill has something to say --
The copper beech --
Tou Wan speaks to her husband, Liu Sheng --
Catherine of Alexandria --
Catherine of Siena --
Receiving the stigmata --
Boccaccio : the plague years --
Fiammetta breaks her peace --
In the bulrush --
November for beginners --
Reading Hölderlin on the patio with the aid of a dictionary --
Shakespeare say --
Three days of forest, a river, free --
Banneker --
In the bulrush --
Delft --
Ike --
Agosta the Winged Man and Rasha the Black Dove --
At the German writers conference in Munich --
My father's telescope --
Grape sherbet --
Roses --
Sunday night at grandfather's --
Centipede --
My father's telescope --
Song. Summer --
Anti-father --
To bed --
A father out walking on the lawn --
Primer for the nuclear age --
The sailor in Africa --
Early morning on the Tel Aviv-Haifa Freeway --
Why I turned vegetarian --
Eastern European eclogues --
Flirtation --
Exeunt the viols --
The left-handed cellist --
Lines muttered in sleep --
Primer for the Nuclear Age --
Parsley. from Thomas and Beulah (1986): Mandolin --
The event --
Variation on pain --
Jiving --
Straw hat --
Courtship --
Refrain --
Variation on guilt --
Nothing down --
The Zeppelin Factory --
Under the viaduct, 1932 --
Lightnin' blues --
Compendium --
Definition in the face of unnamed fury --
Aircraft --
Aurora Borealis --
Variation on gaining a son --
One volume missing --
The charm --
Gospel --
Roast possum --
The stroke --
The Satisfaction Coal Company --
Thomas at the wheel --
Canary in bloom --
Taking in wash --
Magic --
Courtship, diligence --
Promises --
Dusting --
A hill of beans --
Weathering out --
Motherhood --
Anniversary --
The house on Bishop Street --
Daystar --
Obedience --
The great palaces of Versailles --
Pomade --
Headdress --
Sunday greens --
Recovery --
Nightmare --
Wingfoot Lake --
Company --
The Oriental ballerina --
Chronology. from Grace notes (1989): Summit Beach,1921 --
Silos --
Fifth grade autobiography --
The buckeye --
Quaker oats --
Flash cards --
Crab-boil --
Hully gully --
Fantasy and science fiction --
Sisters --
Uncle Millet --
Poem in which I refuse contemplation --
Mississippi --
After storm --
Watching Last Year at Marienbad at Roger Haggerty's house in Auburn, Alabama --
Dog days, Jerusalem --
Ozone --
Turning thirty, I contemplate students bicycling home --
Particulars --
Your death --
The wake --
The other side of the house --
Pastoral --
Horse and tree --
The breathing, the endless news --
After reading Mickey in the Night Kitchen for the third time before bed --
Genetic expedition --
Backyard, 6 a.m. --
Dedication --
Ars poetica --
Arrow --
Stitches --
In the museum --
And counting --
Dialectical romance --
Medusa --
In a neutral city --
Saints --
Genie's prayer under the kitchen sink --
The gorge --
Canary --
The island women of Paris --
À l'Opéra --
Obbligato --
Lint --
The royal workshops --
On the road to Damascus --
Old folk's home, Jerusalem. from Mother love (1995): An intact world --
Heroes --
Primer --
Party dress for a first born --
Persephone, falling --
The search --
Protection --
The narcissus flower --
Persephone abducted --
Statistic : the witness --
Grief : the Council --
Mother love --
Breakfast of champions --
Golden oldie --
Persephone in hell --
Hades' pitch --
Wiederkehr --
Wiring home --
The Bistro Styx --
Blue days --
Nature's itinerary --
Sonnet in primary colors --
Demeter mourning --
Exit --
Afield --
Lost brilliance --
Political --
Demeter, waiting --
Lamentations --
Teotihuacán --
History --
Used --
Rusks --
Missing --
Demeter's prayer to Hades --
Her island. from On the bus with Rosa Parks (1999): Cameos --
July 1925 --
Night --
Birth --
Lake Erie skyline, 1930 --
Depression years --
Homework --
Graduation, grammar school --
Painting the town --
Easter Sunday, 1940 --
Nightwatch, the son --
Freedom : bird's eye view --
Singsong --
I cut my finger once on purpose --
Parlor --
The first book --
Maple Valley Branch Library, 1967 --
Freedom : birds' eye view --
Testimonial --
Dawn revisited --
Black on a Saturday night --
My mother enters the work force --
Black on a Saturday night --
The musician talks about "process" --
Sunday --
The camel comes to us from the barbarians --
The Venus of Willendorf --
Incarnation in Phoenix --
Revenant --
Best Western Motor Lodge, AAA Approved --
Revenant --
On Veronica --
There came a soul --
The peach orchard --
Against repose --
Against self-pity --
Götterdämmerung --
Ghost walk --
Lady Freedom among us --
For Sophie, who'll be in first grade in the year 2000 --
On the bus with Rosa Parks --
Sit back, relax --
"The situation is intolerable" --
Freedom Ride --
Climbing in --
Claudette Colvin goes to work --
The enactment --
Rosa --
QE2, transatlantic crossing, third day --
In the lobby of the Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C. --
The pond, porch-view : six p.m., early spring. from American smooth (2004): Fox trot Fridays --
All Souls' --
"I have been a stranger in a strange land" --
Fox trot Fridays --
Ta Ta Cha Cha --
Quick --
Brown --
Fox --
Heart to heart --
Cozy apología --
Soprano --
Two for the Montrose Drive-In --
Meditation at fifty yards, moving target --
American smooth --
Not welcome here --
The castle walk --
The passage --
Noble Sissle's horn --
Alfonzo prepares to go over the top --
La Chapelle, 92nd Division, Ted --
Variation on reclamation --
The return of Lieutenant James Reese Europe --
Ripont --
Twelve chairs --
Blues in half-tones, 3/4 time --
Chocolate --
Bolero --
Hattie McDaniel arrives at the Coconut Grove --
Samba summer --
Blues in half-tones, 3/4 time --
Describe yourself in three words or less --
The seven veils of Salomé --
From your valentine --
Rhumba --
The sisters : swansong --
Evening primrose --
Evening primrose --
Reverie in open air --
Sic itur ad astra --
Count to ten and we'll be there --
Eliza, age 10, Harlem --
Lullaby --
Driving through --
Desert backyard --
Desk dreams --
Now --
Against flight --
Looking up from the page, I am reminded of this mortal coil. --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index of titles and first lines.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Rita Dove.

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