American Poet, born 1952.
Her verse is stark, clear, yet evocative. Subjects include science, nature and The American Experience.

She won the Pulitzer Prize for Thomas and Beulah in 1987 and in 1993 she was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate becoming the youngest poet (and first African American) ever to receive this honor.

by Rita Dove

I prove a theorem and the house expands:
the windows jerk free to hover near the ceiling,
the ceiling floats away with a sigh.

As the walls clear themselves of everything
but transparency, the scent of carnations
leaves with them. I am out in the open

And above the windows have hinged into butterflies,
sunlight glinting where they've intersected.
They are going to some point true and unproven.

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