” This is how easily the pit/ opens. This is how one foot sinks into the ground”
– Persephone Falling
Just finished reading this collection of poems by Rita Dove! It was so wonderful.
I’ve been trying to get my hands on it since studying a few of Dove’s poems in my Writing By Women’s class last semester. So I was very happy when I found it at @russellbooksvictoria last week.
Dove’s writing is brilliant and powerful. It’s no surprise that she was poet laureate for the U.S from 1993-1995.
In this collection, Dove works with the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter to explore the relationships between daughters and mothers at numerous stages and settings.
I would recommend to friends and acquaintances. Especially if they like poetry, modernized tellings of myths, and women writers who are just completely brilliant.