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In honor of National Poetry Month, here are a few of our favorite poetry books from the last few years.  Get a taste of each book by reading some sample poems from each:


A.E. Stallings

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Sunday Aug 28 is the birthday of poet Rita Dove.

In honor of the occasion, we offer these videos of her reading her poems…

Black on a Saturday Night



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“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
-Saint Augustine,
Today is the feast of St. Augustine, who died on this date, 430AD

Poem of the Day:
Rita Dove  [ Tweet this ]

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We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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The Wake Up Call – August 28, 2014


Rita DoveToday is the birthday of former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove…
(and, of course, fitting that her birthday falls on the 50th aniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech.)

Here is a poem of hers that appears in the delightful collection:

The Art of Bicycling:
A Treasury of Poems

Justin Daniel Belmont, Editor

Paperback: Breakaway Books, 2005.
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Rita Dove – Gospel [Poem]

August 28, 2012


Rita Dove - Gospel from the collection Wise WomenA poem by Rita Dove from the collection:

Wise Women: Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women
Susan Cahill
Paperback: Norton, 1997.
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Rosa by Rita Dove [Poem]

February 4, 2012


Rosa ParksFebruary 4 is the birthday
of Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks.

Read Pulitzer-prize winning poet,
Rita Dove’s poem “Rosa”

[ This page also has a recording
of Dove reading the poem ]

On the Bus with
Rosa Parks: Poems

by Rita Dove.
Paperback: Norton, 2000.
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Video of Rita Dove discussing this book with Charlie Rose
(She reads the poem and talks about it starting at 3:22):

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