Rita Dove

American poet and author

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).

Rita Dove


  • 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.
    Am me.

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