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Rita Dove and Philip Levine

Nov 19, 2009

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.