A Poetry Archive recording by

Rita Dove

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These poems come from a special recording for the Poetry Archive:

  • 1 -
    "Ö"

  • 2 -
    "Shakespeare Say"

  • 3 -
    "Parsley"

  • 4 -
    "The Event"

  • 5 -
    "Courtship, Diligence"

  • 6 -

  • 7 -

  • 8 -
    "Roast Possum"

  • 9 -
    "The Oriental Ballerina"

  • 10 -
    "After Reading Mickey in the Night Kitchen for the Third Time Before Bed"

  • 11 -
    "Canary"

  • 12 -
    "The Island Women of Paris"

  • 13 -
    "The Bistro Styx"

  • 14 -
    "Demeter's Prayer to Hades"

  • 15 -
    "Persephone, Falling"

  • 16 -
    "Lost Brilliance"

  • 17 -
    "Maple Valley Branch Library, 1967"

  • 18 -
    "Freedom Ride"

  • 19 -
    "The Enactment"

  • 20 -

  • 21 -
    "All Souls'"

  • 22 -

  • 23 -
    "Fox Trot Fridays"

  • 24 -
    "Meditation at Fifty Yards, Moving Target"

  • 25 -
    "The Castle Walk"

  • 26 -
    "The Return of Lieutenant James Reese Europe"

  • 27 -
    "The Seven Veils of Salomé"

  • 28 -
    "Chocolate"

  • 29 -


Select bibliography

  • Ten Poems, Penumbra Press, 1977 - out of print
  • The Yellow House on the Corner, Carnegie Mellon, 1980, 1989
  • The Only Dark Spot in the Sky, Porch Publications, 1980 - out of print
  • Mandolin, Ohio Review Press, 1982 - out of print
  • Museum, Carnegie Mellon, 1983, 1992
  • Harvard Book of Contemporary American Poetry (contributor), Belknap/Harvard University Press, 1985 - out of print
  • Thomas and Beulah, Carnegie Mellon, 1986
  • Harper American Literature> (contributor), Harper & Row, 1987, 1997
  • The Other Side of the House, Pyracantha Press, 1988 - out of print
  • Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (contributor), Longman, 1989, 1992
  • Grace Notes, W. W. Norton, 1989, paperback 1991
  • Contemporary American Poetry (contributor), 5th and 7th edition, Houghton Mifflin, 1991, 2001, 2006
  • Poets in Person: A Listener's Guide, Modern Poetry Association, 1992
  • Selected Poems, Pantheon/Vintage, 1993
  • A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women (contributor), Story Line Press, 1994
  • Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945 (contributor), Back Bay Books, 1994
  • Lady Freedom Among Us (poem commissioned by the University of Virginia Library as its four-millionth volume), Janus Press, 1994, available online
  • The Darker Face of the Earth (verse drama), Story Line Press, 1994, 1996, 2000 - out of print
  • The Language of Life, Doubleday, 1995
  • Norton Anthology of American Literature (contributor), 4th Edition, W. W. Norton, 1994, 1995, 1998
  • The Poet's World (essays), Library of Congress, 1995 - out of print
  • Mother Love, W. W. Norton, 1995
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  • Twentieth-Century Poetry and Poetics (contributor), Oxford University Press, 1996
  • The Garden Thrives: Twentieth-Century African-American Poetry (contributor), Harper Collins, 1996
  • Norton Anthology of Literature by Women (contributor), W. W. Norton, 1996
  • Riverside Anthology of Literature (contributor), 3rd Edition, Houghton Mifflin, 1997
  • Approaching Poetry - Perspectives and Responses (contributor), St. Martin's Press, 1997
  • Anthology of American Literature, vol. II: Realism to the Present (contributor), Prentice Hall, 1997
  • Norton Anthology of African American Literature (contributor), W. W. Norton, 1997, 2004
  • Heath Anthology of American Literature (contributor), 3rd Edition, Houghton Mifflin, 1997
  • Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology (contributor), Bedford/St. Martin's, 1997, 2002
  • Call & Response - The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition (contributor), Houghton Mifflin, 1998
  • Laurels - Eight Women Poets (contributor), SCOP Publications, 1998
  • Evening Primrose, Tanheim-Santrizos, 1998
  • On the Bus with Rosa Parks, W. W. Norton, 1999
  • The Best American Poetry 2000 (editor), Scribner, 2000
  • New Bones: Contemporary Black Writers in America (contributor), Prentice-Hall, 2001
  • Conversations with Rita Dove, Ingersoll, Earl G., University Press of Mississippi, 2003
  • Norton Anthology of Modern & Contemporary Poetry (contributor), 3rd Edition, W. W. Norton, 2003
  • American Literature (contributor), Vol. II, Penguin, 2004
  • American Smooth, W. W. Norton, 2004, paperback 2006
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  • Responding to Literature (contributor), McGraw-Hill, 2005
  • The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (contributor), Autumn House Press, 2005
  • Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • The Longman Anthology of Poetry, Pearson Longman, 2006
  • American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (contributor), Oberlin College Press, 2006
  • 20th Century Poetry & Poetics (contributor), 5th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2006
  • Rita Dove Reading from her poems, CD, The Poetry Archive, 2006
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  • Understanding Rita Dove by Pat Righelato. University of South Carolina Press, 2006.
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  • Sonata Mulattica, W W Norton & Co 2009.
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