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Poetry Club Talks…Understanding Poetry, Rita Dove Part 3

Poetry Club Talks…Understanding Poetry, Rita Dove Part 3

August 25, 2021

Topic: Understanding Poetry, Rita Dove
Host: Shannon
Poem: "Exit"
Recorded: August 20, 2021

Rita Dove Poems

Have you ever read a poem and wondered "What does this mean?"  Do you need to understand a poem to appreciate it?  If it takes too much work to understand do you turn the page or enjoy the challenge?  If you've found yourself in these situations then join the club.  Poetry Club discusses how to and should we understand poetry.  The poem we use as an example is the "blushing" Rita Dove poem "Exit".  

This is part three of our talks on Rita Dove's poetry.  Rita, we have enjoyed exploring each line of your work.  We wish you great success on your new book "Playlist for the Apocalypse."  We will all buy a copy! 

 

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Please visit Norton Books to order a copy

https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393867770

 

"In her first volume of new poems in twelve years, Rita Dove investigates the vacillating moral compass guiding America’s, and the world’s, experiments in democracy. Whether depicting the first Jewish ghetto in sixteenth-century Venice or the contemporary efforts of Black Lives Matter, a girls’ night clubbing in the shadow of World War II or the doomed nobility of Muhammad Ali’s conscious objector stance, this extraordinary poet never fails to connect history’s grand exploits to the triumphs and tragedies of individual lives."

 

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Rita Dove photo credit YOLONDA COLES JONES

Poetry Club Talks…Rita Dove Part 2

Poetry Club Talks…Rita Dove Part 2

August 5, 2021

Topic: Rita Dove
Host: Shannon
Poem: "American Smooth" and "Ludwig Von Beethoven's Return To Vienna"
Recorded: July 30, 2021

Rita Dove - Poems Discussed

In part two of our discussion on American poet Rita Dove, Poetry Club relishes in her artistry, wonder word choices, and lament over the life portrayed of Beethoven.  We discuss the use of metaphor as a vehicle, the importance of place and time, and timing.  Amazing work we are happy to swim in.  Please join us.

 

AWARDS 
1986 The Pulitzer Prize-winning for her poetry book “Thomas and Beulah” 
1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities
2003 Emily Couric Leadership Award
2006 Common Wealth Award
2007 Chubb Fellowship at Yale University
2008 Library of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award
2009 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal
2009 International Capri Award
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University 
2019 North Star Award from the Hurston/Wright Foundation 
Twenty-eight honorary doctorates, among them from Yale University in 2014 and Harvard University in 2018 
In 2019, she received the Wallace Stevens Award, given annually by the Academy of American Poets to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.

 

The Los Angeles Times described Dove’s book [American Smooth (2004)] as an “ambitious effort, using multiple distinctive voices and perspectives to chronicle the complex tale ‘of light and shadow, / what we hear and the silence that follows.’” 

 

All poems copyright by Rita Dove.
Please visit her webpage at the UVA to learn more: https://uva.theopenscholar.com/rita-dove

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