Nested chairs stripped of varnish
Look by the fusebox a centipede Dad says
reprinted from Museum
adolescence - i
reprinted from The Yellow House on the Corner
She wanted a little room for thinking:
Sometimes there were things to watch
She had an hour, at best, before Liza appeared
building a palace. Later
reprinted from Thomas and Beulah
Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995 and was reappointed Special Consultant in Poetry for 1999/2000. She has received numerous literary and academic honors, among them the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and, most recently, the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, the 1996 National Medal in the Humanities, the 1997 Sara Lee Frontrunner Award, the 1997 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award and the 1998 Levinson Prize from Poetry Magazine.
Ms. Dove was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952. A 1970 Presidential Scholar, she received her B.A. summa cum laude from Miami University of Ohio and her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She also held a Fulbright scholarship at Universität Tübingen in Germany. She has published the poetry collections The Yellow House on the Corner (1980), Museum (1983), Thomas and Beulah (1986), Grace Notes (1989), Selected Poems (1993), Mother Love (1995), On the Bus with Rosa Parks (1999), a book of short stories, Fifth Sunday (1985), the novel Through the Ivory Gate (1992), essays under the title The Poet's World (1995), and the play The Darker Face of the Earth, which had its world premiere in 1996 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was subsequently produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and other theatres; its first British production opened at the Royal National Theatre in London on August 5, 1999. Seven for Luck, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra with music by John Williams, was premiered by the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood in the summer of 1998. Ms. Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she lives with her husband, German writer Fred Viebahn, and their daughter Aviva.
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