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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Heart to Heart by Rita Dove

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February 14, 2017
 

Heart to Heart

 
Rita Dove
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About This Poem

 

"How to find words for the human heart and all the emotions we ascribe to it? The path is a veritable minefield of clich├ęs—those well-intentioned, once-fresh expressions whose very popularity has rendered them useless, even laughable. I decided to take these tired metaphors and deconstruct their camouflage, until all that remains is the true 'heart' of the matter: one human being, stripped of blather and artifice, speaking to the beloved."
—Rita Dove

 

Rita Dove is the author of Collected Poems: 1974-2004 (W. W. Norton, 2016). She teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

 

Photo credit: Fred Viebahn

 

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