Rita Dove and Philip Levine


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Rita Dove has always refused to be confined by category,” wrote The New York Times. “Her poems wander into unexpected metaphor and subject matter.” In poems, prose and a short play, Dove’s latest book, Sonata Mullatica, reimagines the life and times of George Polgreen Bridgetower, a 19th-century violin virtuoso. Philip Levine “is extraordinary, a visionary of our dense, troubled, mysterious time,” wrote Joyce Carol Oates. “The grittiest and most brutal of his poems is, to me, an experience I would not hesitate to call ineffable.” Levine’s latest collection is News of the World.