Fox

Fox

By Rita Dove b. 1952 Rita Dove
She knew what
she was and so
was capable
of anything
anyone
could imagine.
She loved what
she was, there
for the taking,
imagine.

She imagined
nothing.
She loved
nothing more
than what she had,
which was enough
for her,
which was more
than any man
could handle.

Rita Dove, "Fox" from American Smooth. Copyright © 2004 by Rita Dove. Used by permission of the author and W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Source: American Smooth (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2004)

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Poet Rita Dove b. 1952

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Relationships, Men & Women, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Rita Dove was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952, the daughter of one of the first black chemists in the tire industry. Dove was encouraged to read widely by her parents, and excelled in school. She was named a Presidential Scholar, one of the top one hundred high-school graduates in the country and attended Miami University in Ohio as a National Merit Scholar. After graduating, Dove received a Fulbright to study at the University of . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Men & Women, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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