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On the Bus with Rosa Parks : Poems - Rita Dove

On the Bus with Rosa Parks


By: Rita Dove

Paperback Published: 7th June 2000
ISBN: 9780393320268
Number Of Pages: 96

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In these brilliant poems, Rita Dove treats us to a panoply of human endeavor, shot through with the electrifying jazz of her lyric elegance. From the opening sequence, "Cameos", to the civil rights struggle of the final sequence, she explores the intersection of individual fate and history.

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Univ. of Virginia professor, Pulitzer winner, and former Poet Laureate, Dove has reaped great rewards for verse, such as this seventh collection, which is really quite modest in design and accomplishment. Always genial and accessible, Dove's economical, never-erring poems have the same homey charms and family wisdom of Zora Neale Hurston's fiction: "Cameos" is a verse collage that bears "witness" to a time and place: the '20s and '30s in Ohio, where a boy grows up among a lot of doting sisters, never bonds with his "clowning" father, and prefers science to music. There's more than a touch of inspiration and uplift (but no Maya Angelou smarminess) in Dove's affirmative poems: two celebrate her young self as a reader of"the stuff we humans are made of." "Dawn Revisited" marvels at the promise of a new day and a second chance. The poet is uncomfortable with repose ("Against Repose") and refuses to give in to self-pity in front of her daughter ("Against Self-Pity"). She's proud of her dignified mother, working as a seamstress to finance business school; and admires the old lady in "Gotterdammerung," who, despite aches and pains, will not give up on adventure, travel, and her own sexuality. 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 was the doing." Dove extols the "life force" in chants clear and democratic. (Kirkus Reviews)

Cameosp. 11
July, 1925
Lake Erie Skyline, 1930
Depression Years
Graduation, Grammar School
Painting the Town
Easter Sunday, 1940
Nightwatch. The Son
Freedom: Bird's-Eye View
Singsongp. 27
I Cut My Finger Once on Purposep. 28
Parlorp. 30
The First Bookp. 31
Maple Valley Branch Library, 1967p. 32
Freedom: Bird's-Eye Viewp. 34
Testimonialp. 35
Dawn Revisitedp. 36
Black on a Saturday Night
My Mother Enters the Work Forcep. 39
Black on a Saturday Nightp. 40
The Musician Talks about "Process"p. 42
Sundayp. 44
The Camel Comes to Us from the Barbariansp. 46
The Venus of Willendorfp. 48
Incarnation in Phoenixp. 51
Best Western Motor Lodge, AAA Approvedp. 55
Revenantp. 56
On Veronicap. 57
There Came a Soulp. 58
The Peach Orchardp. 60
Against Reposep. 62
Against Self-Pityp. 63
Gotterdammerungp. 64
Ghost Walkp. 66
Lady Freedom Among Usp. 69
For Sophie, Who'll Be in First Grade in the Year 2000p. 71
On the Bus with Rosa Parks
Sit Back, Relaxp. 75
"The situation is intolerable"p. 76
Freedom Ridep. 77
Climbing Inp. 78
Claudette Colvin Goes to Workp. 79
The Enactmentp. 81
Rosap. 83
QE2. Transatlantic Crossing. Third Dayp. 84
In the Lobby of the Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.p. 86
The Pond, Porch-View: Six P.M., Early Springp. 88
Notesp. 91
Acknowledgmentsp. 93
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ISBN: 9780393320268
ISBN-10: 039332026X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 7th June 2000
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.97  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 1

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