Bibliography

Doty, Mark. Still Life With Oysters and Lemon, Boston: Beacon 2001.

Jarraway, David R. "'Creatures of the Rainbow': Wallace Stevens, Mark Doty and the Poetics of Androgny." Mosaic 30.3 (Sept. 1997):169-183. Wunderlich, Mark. "About Mark Doty." Ploughshare 25.1 (spring 1999):183-189.

David Bergman

DOVE, RITA (1952- ) Rita Dove is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary African-American poetry. From 1993 to 1995 she was the first African American to serve as United States poet laureate and the youngest person ever to hold the office. A literary descendant of African-American poets Langston hughes, Robert hayden, and Gwendolyn brooks, Dove frequently examines in her poetry the particulars of family relationships and American race relations past and present, most often in short narrative poems. Still, overall, the varied subject matter and the range of references in Dove's poetry makes her work difficult to categorize. In addition to her numerous volumes of poetry, Dove has published a book of short stories (Fifth Sunday [1985]), a novel (Through the Ivory Gate [1992]), a verse drama (The Darker Face of the Earth [1994]), and a book of her poet laureate lectures (The Poet's World [1995]).

Dove was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. In 1986 Robert Penn warren (who was then the first U.S. poet laureate) selected Dove for a Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets. Since

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