On the Bus With Rosa Parks by Rita Dove
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From the opening sequence, probing the private griefs and dreams of a working class family, to the emblematic grace of the living legend Rosa Parks, these poems explore the intersection of individual fates with the grand arc of history.
 

About Rita Dove

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Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and musician, lives in Charlottesville, where she is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
 
Published April 1, 1999 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 95 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A public poet as well, Dove pays homage to the Capitol building (—Lady Freedom Among Us—) and, in the title sequence, with indirection and context, narrates the saga of Rosa Parks and a few less-famous bus-riding women in the Jim Crow South for whom, as Dove so eloquently puts it, “Doing nothing ...

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Dove's brilliance--as with all great writers--is inextricable from her formal gifts: her poems effortlessly suggest grand narratives and American myths, yet ground themselves tersely in localities, ch

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As in Alice Munro's fiction, slight notations of near-undetectable actions are keys to deep emotional transformation: ""Now she just/ enjoys, and excess/ hardens on her like/ a shell./ She sheens."" In subsequent poems such as ""Testimonial"" and ""Maple Valley Branch Library, 1967,"" Dove revisi...

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