Reading List: Mother Love by Rita Dove

” 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. 


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