The Yellow House on the Corner


A reissuing of The Yellow House on the Corner, the debut collection of poetry by Rita Dove.
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A reissuing of The Yellow House on the Corner, the debut collection of poetry by Rita Dove.
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What People Are Saying

Joseph Parisi
“Collected into this first book, Rita Dove’s poems announce a young poet of wide interests, deep sensibility, and justifiable confidence in her considerable powers. Coupling close attention to significant detail with a broad sense of history, the poet is able to give both concrete immediacy and philosophical resonance to her lines. Whether recounting poignant stages of adolescence or re-creating painful episodes of slave history, she speaks with a directness and a dramatic intensity that command attention. . . . [Rita Dove] fashions imaginative constructs that strike the reader as much by their ‘rightness’ as their originality. An extraordinary debut.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887480928
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

When Carnegie Mellon University Press first published The Yellow House on the Corner in 1980, then twenty-seven year old RITA DOVE immediately attracted attention as a major new voice in American poetry. Three years later she confirmed her extraordinary talent with her second collection, Museum, and in 1987 her third book, Thomas and Beulah, earned her the highest distinction in American letters, the Pulitzer Prize. Among other honors, she was also Robert Penn Warren’s choice for a Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1986, received a 1987 General Electric Foundation Award and spent 1988/89 as a Senior Mellon Fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

This Life
The Bird Frau
Robert Schumann, Or: Musical Genius Begins with Affliction
Small Town
The Snow King
Upon Meeting Don L. Lee, In a Dream
“Teach Us to Number Our Days”
Nigger Song: An Odyssey

Five Elephants
Night Watch
The Secret Garden
A Suite for Augustus
Planning the Perfect Evening
Augustus Observes the Sunset

Belinda’s Petition
The House Slave
David Walker (1785-1830)
The Abduction
The Transport of Slaves From Maryland to Mississippi
Someone’s Blood
The Slave’s Critique of Practical Reason
Kentucky, 1833

The Boast
The Kadava Kumbis Devise a Way to Marry for Love
First Kiss
Then Came Flowers

Notes from a Tunisian Journals
The Sahara Bus Trip
For Kazuko
Beauty and the Beast
His Shirt
Great Uncle Beefheart
The Son
Corduroy Road

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