Rita Dove Quotes

Rita Dove Quotes.

There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints.
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The joy of working at something to find out what it means to me is what I grew up with.
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Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
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Being Poet Laureate made me realize I was capable of a larger voice. There is a more public utterance I can make as a poet.
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Poetry connects you to yourself, to the self that doesn’t know how to talk or negotiate.
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It’s unfortunate that sometimes in schools, there’s this need to have things quantified and graded.
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The poetry that sustains me is when I feel that, for a minute, the clouds have parted and I’ve seen ecstasy or something.
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I was appointed Poet Laureate. It came totally out of the blue because most Poet Laureates had been considerably older than I. It was not something that I even had begun to dream about!
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I’ve always been intrigued by the way history works, the way we decide what is mentioned.
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To write for PC reasons, because you think you ought to be dealing with this subject, is never going to yield anything that is really going to matter to anyone else. It has to matter to you.
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I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on.
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People write me from all over the country, asking me, and sometimes even telling me, what they think a poet laureate should do. I found that immensely valuable.
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Everybody who’s anybody longs to be a tree.
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The sound of the mandolin is a very curious sound because it’s cheerful and melancholy at the same time, and I think it comes from that shadow string, the double strings.
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If we’re going to solve the problems of the world, we have to learn how to talk to one another. Poetry is the language at its essence. It’s the bones and the skeleton of the language. It teaches you, if nothing else, how to choose your words.
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I see a resurgence of interest in poetry. I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts when it comes to federal funding.
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I keep the drafts of each poem in color-coded folders. I pick up the folders according to how I feel about that color that day.
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If they don’t read, if they don’t love reading; if they don’t find themselves compulsively reading, I don’t think they’re really a writer.
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I loved to read, but I always thought that the dream was too far away. The person who had written the book was a god, it wasn’t a person.
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All of us have moments in our childhood where we come alive for the first time. And we go back to those moments and think, This is when I became myself.
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One definition of eternity is that we are not alone on this planet, that there are those who’ve gone before and those who will come, and that there is a community of spirits.
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When we are touched by something it’s as if we’re being brushed by an angel’s wings.
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To practice your scales, so to speak, in order play the symphony, is what you have to do as a young poet.
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I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age.
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I didn’t know writers could be real live people, because I never knew any writers.
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Have you ever heard a good joke? If you’ve ever heard someone just right, with the right pacing, then you’re already on the way to poetry. It’s about using words in very precise ways and using gesture.
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Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity. Rap is geared for aural pleasure.
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We should always do something that makes us feel like a child again. Keep learning, no matter what it is.
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It’s the combination of the intimate and the public that I find so exciting about being poet laureate.
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I always loved science. And in fact, I got a science award in high school. I mean, I loved science, but I think I loved literature more.
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You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can’t imagine something that has never existed before, it’s impossible.
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What writing does is to reveal.
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What’s a word, a talisman, to hold against the world?
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I loved to write when I was a child. I wrote, but I always thought it was something that you did as a child, then you put away childish things.
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When I was young, I was older than I am today.
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Without imagination we can go nowhere. And imagination is not restricted to the arts. Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine.
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For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard, not an aria heard.
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I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of poetry.
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The American Dream is a phrase we’ll have to wrestle with all of our lives. It means a lot of things to different people. I think we’re redefining it now.
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I’m a night person. My best times are midnight to six, actually.
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I think children have talent and insight, but it gets beaten out of them.
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It really wasn’t until I was in college when I began to write more and more, and I realized I was scheduling my entire life around my writing.
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The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.
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I believe people may have a predisposition for artistic creativity. It doesn’t mean they’re going to make it.
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Being true to yourself really means being true to all the complexities of the human spirit.
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