Rita Dove Quotes

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Anecdotes
The poor man's history.

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Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
— Rita Dove

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Everyone wants a prodigy to fail; it makes our mediocrity more bearable.

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For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard, not an aria heard.

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The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.

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A good poem is like a bouillon cube.  It's concentrated, you carry it around with you, and it nourishes you when you need it.

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Poetry is the purest of the language arts.  It's the tightest cage, and if you can get to sing in that cage it's really really wonderful.

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