, born 1952
Her verse is stark
, yet evocative. Subjects include science
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.