Rita Dove: Former U.S. Poet Laureate at the Folger
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The last date listed for Poet Rita Dove was Monday May 4, 2009 / 7:30pm.
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The evening was very pleasant. Ms. Dove's book length set of poems "Sonata Mulatica" revolves around George Bridgetower, an Afro-European violin prodigy of the 1700-1800s, particularly his relationship with Beethoven, who dedicated a sonata to...continued
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“Dove eliminates the impure, the wrong notes, the clutter and the waste to reach straight to the heart.” —Washington Post Book World
Rita Dove’s poems have a precision that sings in rich, delicate notes. She served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, and President Bill Clinton bestowed upon her the 1996 National Humanities Medal. Among her numerous honors are the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the 2006 Common Wealth Award.
Her books of poetry include Sonata Mulattica which W.W. Norton will publish in April as well as American Smooth, On the Bus with Rosa Parks, and Mother Love. She is the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
A wine reception with a book sale and signing will follow the reading.