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African American Women Writers

Rita Dove (1952- ), American poet, short-story writer and novelist, is known for her careful control of language and for works that manage to be both objective and personal, addressing social issues from a number of differing perspectives. Many of Dove's poems reflect her immense love of history as well as her interest in mythology and her knowledge of the Bible. Literary critic Arnold Rampersad described her as 'surely one of the three or four most gifted young Black American poets to appear since LeRoi Jones [. . .] and perhaps the most disciplined and technically accomplished Black poet to arrive since Gwendolyn Brooks' (Callaloo, 26; Winter 1986).

Genre: Domestic fiction; Poetry

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