Rita Dove Archive

“Musings on Motherhood are Not Enough”: On the Perils and Joys of Parenting Poetry

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Recently I was looking at calls for poetry and I came across one that listed the editor’s preferences for the type of work that appealed to her. She listed the things which, in her mind, made a poem worthy of calling itself a poem.

Remembering Forward: History Reclaimed through Poetry

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As sure as our perceptions of history are inherited, they are also incomplete. “History throws its shadow over the beginning,” wrote the poet Richard Siken. “History is a little man in a brown suit / trying to define a room he is outside of. / I know history. There