Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20070511, 20050330
A former U.S. Poet Laureate and the current Poet Laureate of Virginia, Rita Dove shares work from her collection Mother Love (loosely based on the myth of Persephone) that reflects on modern relationships between mothers and daughters. She also reads from her more recent book, American Smooth, which was inspired by ballroom dancing, a hobby adopted to get her mind off the devastating house fire that destroyed many of her manuscripts. Dove is known for her successful intertwining of personal and public history within her poetry.
In part two of our conversation with poet Ellen Bass, she discusses how, after being married and having two children, she came to discover another part of her sexuality and committed to a more than three-decade relationship with her now wife. She ...
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