The early bird gets the bookworm

At 2:30 pm sharp, Rita Dove discusses her latest book of poems, Sonata Mulattica, with Michael Silverblatt on KCRW’s Bookworm. Here’s a brief description from their website:

Beethoven once dedicated a sonata to a half-African musician—then revoked the dedication. Why? In her book-length poem, Rita Dove attempts an imaginative historical reconstruction of what happened. We hypothesize about the what-ifs of music history as we explore the poetic forms and devices used by Dove to create the past.

I heard Dove speak at the downtown library last November, and I was not disappointed. She’s the real deal. She speaks in metaphors and carries herself like royalty and her enthusiasm for poetry is contagious. She told us, “Poetry is the bones of a language” and “A poem must sing its own music.” When one of the elementary school kids in the audience asked her who she liked better, Kanye or Michael Jackson, she recited a line from a Langston Hughes poem than blew them all away. I wish I could remember it! I was too awestruck to scribble it down.


~ by Valerie Palmer on February 11, 2010.

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