Jan. 1 – Rita Dove – Playlist for the Apocalypse [Christmas Calendar]

The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2021
Advent / Christmas Calendar
January 1

 

Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems
Rita Dove

Hardback: WW Norton, 2021
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Playlist for the Apocalypse is Rita Dove’s first book of new poems since 2009’s virtuoso Sonata Mulattica (her Collected Poems: 1974–2004, also from W.W. Norton & Company, appeared in 2016), and well worth the twelve-year wait. Expansive in theme, tone, and subject matter across its six sections, Playlist for the Apocalypse defies generalization and offers ample opportunity to appreciate Dove’s extraordinary, honed talents, especially her gift for bridging past and present through persona, her musical phrasing, and her deft handling of form. Like the best playlists, this assured collection both satisfies and surprises.

 

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