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the-poetry-that-sustains-me-is-when-i-feel-that-for-a-minute-the-clouds-have-parted-and-ive-seen-ecstasy-or-something
my-favorite-poets-may-not-be-your-bread-butter-i-have-more-favorite-poems-than-favorite-poets-rita-dove
i-believe-people-may-have-predisposition-for-artistic-creativity-it-doesnt-mean-theyre-going-to-make-it-rita-dove
i-was-pirouette-flourish-i-was-filigree-flame-how-could-i-count-my-blessings-when-i-didnt-know-their-names-rita-dove
Three miles from my adopted city lies a village where I came to peace. The world there was a calm place, even the great Danube no more than a pale ribbon tossed onto the landscape by a girl's careless hand. Into this stillness I had been ordered to recover. The hills were gold with late summer; my rooms were two, plus a small kitchen, situated upstairs in the back of a cottage at the end of the Herrengasse. From my window I could see onto the courtyard where a linden tree twined skyward - leafy umbilicus canted toward light, warped in the very act of yearning - and I would feed on the sun as if that alone would dismantle the silence around me. At first I raged. Then music raged in me, rising so swiftly I could not write quickly enough to ease the roiling. I would stop to light a lamp, and whatever I'd missed - larks flying to nest, church bells, the shepherd's home-toward-evening song - rushed in, and I would rage again. I am by nature a conflagration; I would rather leap than sit and be looked at. So when my proud city spread her gypsy skirts, I reentered, burning towards her greater, constant light. Call me rough, ill-tempered, slovenly- I tell you, every tenderness I have ever known has been nothing but thwarted violence, an ache so permanent and deep, the lightest touch awakens it... It is impossible to care enough. I have returned with a second Symphony and 15 Piano Variations which I've named Prometheus, after the rogue Titan, the half-a-god who knew the worst sin is to take what cannot be given back. I smile and bow, and the world is loud. And though I dare not lean in to shout Can't you see that I'm deaf? - I also cannot stop listening.

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for-many-years-i-thought-poem-was-whisper-overheard-not-aria-heard-rita-dove
i-have-high-guilt-quotient-a-poem-can-go-through-as-many-as-50-60-drafts-it-can-take-from-day-to-two-years-longer-rita-dove
in-working-on-poem-i-love-to-revise-lots-younger-poets-dont-enjoy-this-but-in-process-revision-i-discover-things-rita-dove
i-always-loved-science-and-in-fact-i-got-science-award-in-high-school-i-mean-i-loved-science-but-i-think-i-loved-literature-more-rita-dove
equality-selfdetermination-should-never-be-divided-in-name-religious-ideological-fervor-rita-dove
being-poet-laureate-made-me-realize-i-was-capable-larger-voice-there-is-more-public-utterance-i-can-make-as-poet-rita-dove
ive-always-been-intrigued-by-way-history-works-way-we-decide-what-is-mentioned-rita-dove
we-should-always-do-something-that-makes-us-feel-like-child-again-keep-learning-no-matter-what-it-is-rita-dove
crassly-put-when-i-write-i-am-trying-not-to-bore-myself-my-readers-rita-dove
i-prefer-to-explore-most-intimate-moments-smaller-crystallized-details-we-all-hinge-our-lives-on-rita-dove
the-poetry-that-sustains-me-is-when-i-feel-that-for-minute-clouds-have-parted-ive-seen-ecstasy-something-rita-dove
i-think-that-when-poem-can-move-readers-across-generations-across-its-specific-class-race-then-it-becomes-truly-classic-rita-dove
courage-has-nothing-to-do-with-our-determination-to-be-great-it-has-to-do-with-what-we-decide-in-that-moment-when-we-are-called-upon-to-be-more-rita-dove
i-didnt-know-writers-could-be-real-live-people-because-i-never-knew-any-writers-rita-dove
there-are-times-in-life-when-instead-complaining-you-do-something-about-your-complaints-rita-dove
to-practice-your-scales-to-speak-in-order-play-symphony-is-what-you-have-to-do-as-young-poet-rita-dove
i-keep-drafts-each-poem-in-colorcoded-folders-i-pick-up-folders-according-to-how-i-feel-about-that-color-that-day-rita-dove
its-combination-intimate-public-that-i-find-exciting-about-being-poet-laureate-rita-dove
it-really-wasnt-until-i-was-in-college-when-i-began-to-write-more-more-i-realized-i-was-scheduling-my-entire-life-around-my-writing-rita-dove
im-never-quite-sure-how-poem-is-going-to-resolve-itself-that-im-always-in-some-way-surprised-i-make-discovery-in-poem-as-i-write-it-rita-dove
the-library-is-arena-possibility-opening-both-window-into-soul-door-onto-world-rita-dove
im-night-person-my-best-times-are-midnight-to-six-actually
when-we-are-touched-by-something-its-as-if-were-being-brushed-by-angels-wings
i-carry-notebook-with-me-everywhere-but-thats-only-first-step
in-working-on-poem-i-love-to-revise-lots-younger-poets-dont-enjoy-this-but-in-process-revision-i-discover-things
being-true-to-yourself-really-means-being-true-to-all-complexities-human-spirit
i-think-reading-shakespeares-plays-when-i-was-young-was-extremely-important-he-had-ability-to-make-utter-strangers-come-alive
what-writing-does-is-to-reveal
it-really-wasnt-until-i-was-in-college-when-i-began-to-write-more-more-i-realized-i-was-scheduling-my-entire-life-around-my-writing
i-loved-to-write-when-i-was-child-i-wrote-but-i-always-thought-it-was-something-that-you-did-as-child-then-you-put-away-childish-things
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