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Mother Love: Poems (Paperback)

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Calling upon the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, Mother Love examines the love between mother and daughter, two tumblers locked in an eternal somersault: each mother a daughter, each daughter a potential mother.

In settings as various as a patio in Arizona, the bistros and boulevards of Paris, the sun-drenched pyramids of Mexico—and directly from the Greek myth itself—Rita Dove explores this relationship and the dilemma of letting go.

About the Author

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U S Poet Laureate, is the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. A professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia, she lives in Charlottesville.

Praise For…

This volume shows Dove—Pulitzer Prize winner, novelist, and 1993-95 U.S. Poet Laureate—at the height of her poetic powers.
— Publishers Weekly

Mother Love is an unsparing book. . . . Rita Dove's laser glance exposes and cauterizes its subjects in new and disturbing ways.

— Helen Vendler - The New Yorker

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393314441
ISBN-10: 0393314448
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 17th, 1996
Pages: 96
Language: English