Collected Poems: 1974-2004

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6.4 X 9.4 X 1.6 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author
Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U. S. Poet Laureate, is the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. Her recent works include Playlist for the Apocalypse, Sonata Mulattica, and the National Book Award-shortlisted Collected Poems: 1974-2004. In 2021 she was awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2023 she received the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Charlottesville, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.
Reminds readers why she is one of the nation's most respected literary figures. . . . Essential.
This is an absolutely astounding body of work. . . . Few contemporary poets are this capacious, this capable, this serious and this pleasurable to read. . . . The lyric beauty of Dove's poems makes them unforgettable; their deep knowledge of history and its ongoing consequences makes them permanent.
To read the poems of Rita Dove, to go where they take you, is to follow her deeply into a series of themes and their subsets: African-Americans in history and right now, ideas of indenture and independence, sex, travel, language (she compares commas to "miniature scythes"), family, motherhood, roomy adult love and whatever is coming out of the radio. . . . Ms. Dove's poems have earthiness, originality, power and range.--Dwight Garner
Dove gracefully reminds us why so many honors are hers. Read every word she gives.
This substantive and enriching decades-spanning volume charts the work of Dove as she forged her legacy from a sharp, unflinching eye that skillfully turned history into collective memory. . . . Through her alluring language, Dove has long made the exceedingly difficult seem effortless; each poem here is a testament to her brilliance.