Rita Frances Dove (born August 28, 1952) is an American poet and author. She served as Poet Laureate of the United States (1993–1995), and is the only poet awarded both the National Humanities Medal (1996) and the National Medal of Arts (2011).
I am Rita Dove,
the beautiful dove.
See my black neck,
see my speck.
My ass is not so much cracked
but i want to get out now.
The poet, am I.
- America, 1988[specific citation needed]
- Rita Dove Homepage at University of Virginia with links to numerous resources
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