Rita Dove's Sonata Mulattica brings the whirlwind life of 18th century biracial violinist George Polgreen Bridgetower to modern audiences. Fans of her work will be able to hear Dove read from her poem at, "History's Crevices: Sonata Mulattica's Forgotten Prodigy" at the University of Miami this Thursday.
Dove, a former US Poet Laureate and the recipient of both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts, is one of America's most prominent poets. Her wide-ranging work, marked by precise language and and complex emotions, often defies categorization. "She has...influenced the way we think about the history of American poetry by choosing the most significant poems of the last century in her Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-century American Poetry," said Mihoko Suzuki, the director of the Center for the Humanities and a professor of English.More »