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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 Poems comprises Dove's collections The Yellow House on the Corner, which includes a group of poems devoted to the themes of slavery and freedomHere 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 Poems comprises Dove's collections The 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's Selected Poems is marked by lyric intensity and compassionate storytelling....

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Selected Poems Reviews

  • Abby
    2019-04-10 09:42

    There are waysto make of the momenta topiaryso the pleasure’s inwalking through.- from "Flirtation"Surprised and enchanted by these poems, my first thorough introduction to Rita Dove, one of my town’s resident famous poets. I was not expecting the latent mysticism. Her bountiful, far-reaching vocabulary and intellectual curiosity reveal her devotion to lifelong learning, which naturally made me warm to her. I particularly liked her historical poems, the operatic Thomas and Beulah cycle, and poems that worked in some nature and magic.

  • David
    2019-03-21 09:33

    This is a great set of poems from one of our master poets. Although her poetry generally engages with everyday matters, it does so in a way that fills those subjects with mystery. Largely it's the word choices, which constantly surprise with their freshness -- but it's also the startling perspectives she offers (the Thomas and Beulah poems are heartbreaking in how alone, how separate, they make their married protagonists) and the play with structure and stanza. Just today I read and re-read and re-read the poem "Sunday Greens" to try to fully appreciate what Dove does with the senses there. Poems to return to.

  • Tai Harris
    2019-03-29 06:34

    Rita Dove’s poetry reads like a narrative. They are so vivid and some are easy to understand. However, the majority of the pieces in this collection are so complex that it takes several reads to grasp an understanding of them. This collection touches on themes of love, race and sometimes mirror historical events as in the piece titled “The Transport of Slaves From Maryland to Mississippi”. I am always searching for historical events that I’ve experienced to write about, not realizing that just because I didn’t live at a certain time I can’t write about it. I just have to do my research, which is what Dove has made me realize from reading this collection. It is the theme that will resonate in my writing. I can only hope my writing is not considered cryptic as I found some of the pieces in this collection to be. For example, “For Kazuko” I’ve read many times and I am still struggling with its meaning. In the lines “…. Why / am I surprised when your lids emerge / from the fragrant paint? Now the couch / is baring its red throat, and now”. This reads so cryptically that I can’t make a connection to the rest of the poem. What does she mean in these lines? I am still searching for an answer.

  • Kasandra
    2019-04-15 09:28

    Really like Dove's imagery throughout, though many poems didn't speak to me or weren't my style, I guess. I wanted to love this book, but I ended up simply liking it a lot. Many of the poems stood out for a turn of phrase, or an image or two, but not as a whole piece. Thomas and Beulah, though, that's an amazing book and well-told story from two points of view, and it raised my rating of the whole from 3 to 4 stars. Definitely I will re-read this. Not dazzling, but solid and quietly persistent. Note: her poem, Daystar, has to be one of my favorites, ever.

  • Bethanie Humphreys
    2019-04-10 08:34

    There were many lines that stopped me, and intricate language that I loved. The poems from her first book made some interesting fantastical leaps which I was just reading about in Robert Bly's book Leaping Poetry. My favorite line from the poem Straw Hat:To him, work is a narrow griefand the music afterwardsis like a womanreaching into his chestto spread it around.All in all, quite inspiring.

  • Sally Bozzuto
    2019-03-31 02:50

    Still in the process of reading this collection--it contains several of her other books including Yellow House on the Corner, Museum and Thomas and Beulah. Museum is magical but intense and Thomas and Beulah kind of blew my mind. It's two sets of poems from opposite sides of a love story and the writing is amazing.

  • Abigail Clark
    2019-03-28 05:29

    I put flags in all of my books of poetry on poems that I enjoy, and looking at Selected Poems, there were a lot of poems by Rita Dove that I loved. For someone looking for a book of poetry, I highly recommend reading this.

  • Susan Botich
    2019-03-22 03:31

    Rita Dove really knows how to spin intriguing story into her poems, using language that's completely accessible in a beautifully formed voice of naked honesty, opening the reader's insight into communities that may be unfamiliar but always deeply personal and evoking. Yes, I loved this collection!

  • Elise
    2019-04-02 05:37

    Rita Dove's poetry is so vivid and vibrant. Most of the time when I read any of her poetry I feel like I'm looking at a painting. Its hard to describe the kind of experience I have when I read her poetry. Reading it really is just like an experience, thats all I can describe it as.

  • Steve
    2019-04-08 10:28

    Primer for the Nuclear Age and Small Town were my favorites.

  • SmarterLilac
    2019-04-03 09:24

    Rita Dove is so nice to read. She has a methodical, precise way of structuring her poems; every one reflects the most delicate and devoted sense of care.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-02 02:40

    Deep, complex, but enjoyable to my eyes (and mind). Like reading art.

  • Marcia
    2019-04-19 06:26

    One of my favorite poets!

  • Kerry
    2019-04-16 05:27

    I first read this collection of poems in 2004, but I've read it at least three times since...the images and sound quality in Dove's poems are as close to perfect as I've yet found in poetry.

  • Melvin
    2019-03-22 02:41

    She is the master of the metaphor. Words become the hues of a painters palette in her deft hands and she illustrates the mental canvas with purposed brush strokes.

  • Paul Agusta
    2019-04-04 03:40

    one of the most honest and beautifully visceral American poets of the last half of the 20th century.

  • Amy Paget
    2019-03-29 07:35

    Dove's imagery is wonderful. The Pulitzer prize-winning Thomas and Beulah poem cycle should be read by all!

  • Olivia
    2019-03-27 02:24

    It should be made a crime for people not to know Rita Dove. My hands-down favorite modern poet. And in the running for my favorite ever . . .

  • Jeff Laughlin
    2019-04-08 05:41

    She's the best.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-26 08:40

    I've been reading Dove since her stint as poet laureate in the 90's. The poems from *Museum* were really part of my feminist education, and "Parsley" is a gut-punch of a poem, beautiful and terrible. When I finally found a way to work her into a syllabus 25 years later, (it's difficult to manage American poetry when you usually teach Brit lit and drama), I assigned *Thomas and Beulah,* which I adored all over again, and my students fell in love with for the first time.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-24 03:33

    Excellent collection! The type of collection that read in a setting ideally each coordinating with the next. I found these absolutely beautiful! I will read this collection again, I feel I can visualize the scenes! Why I love poetry is what I read here!

  • Bernard Norcott-mahany
    2019-04-02 05:45

    Rita Dove is not an easy poet to read. She brings in material from her own history, which is most unusual -- top student in school, a Fulbright scholar, she is very much at home in the world of books, of American history, as well as her own life story and those of her family. The poetry is highly allusive and, if you don't know all the stuff that Ms. Dove knows, you may be missing a lot. That said, she wears her education well. TS Eliot always seemed like the professorial type, dropping names throughout his work just to see if you knew as much as he did. Ms. Dove's references do not intrude, and her style is more graceful. But this is not poetry that is easy to read or understand.

  • Kim
    2019-04-07 09:20

    This is an interesting collection, and well worth reading. The sequence about the lives of her grandparents, "Thomas and Belulah," is especially impressive, and has some real winners in it (it won the Pulitzer, so duh).

  • Scott
    2019-03-26 05:26

    Dove's poems simply didn't resonate with me. They weren't dense or difficult, on the contrary. But I just didn't find myself in them nor did I discover great beauty. I'm sure others have a different experience, which is a reminder that sometimes poetry is very personal.

  • Jimmy
    2019-03-23 06:27

    I didn't enjoy this book as much as the other reviewers seemed to have. I just didn't find it interesting enough.

  • Rae
    2019-04-06 03:28

    Dove is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate. This collection contains her well-known poem "Thomas and Beulah." Good stuff.

  • Ashley Calvert
    2019-03-28 03:22

    I really wanted to like this. I did. And some of the poems were really powerful to me, but others I had problems with it keeping my attention. It's probably just not my style of poetry.