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Rita Dove

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20070511, 20050330

A former U.S. Poet Laureate and the current Poet Laureate of Virginia, Rita Dove shares work from her collection Mother Love (loosely based on the myth of Persephone) that reflects on modern relationships between mothers and daughters. She also reads from her more recent book, American Smooth, which was inspired by ballroom dancing, a hobby adopted to get her mind off the devastating house fire that destroyed many of her manuscripts. Dove is known for her successful intertwining of personal and public history within her poetry. 

| Subject Matter: Mothers and Daughters, Ballroom Dancing, Personal and Public History | Interview Year: 2004 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Pulitzer Prize, U.S. Poet Laureate |

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