By the time Rita Dove had written her seventh collection of poetry, On the Bus with Rosa Parks , any notion that her poetry was influenced by the musical background she had experienced had been repeatedly confirmed, and her poems continued to exhibit lyrical expression. I have been actively involved in music since the age of ten, when I began playing the cello.
Playing chamber music taught me the cadences of fugues and the power of harmony. I believe my poetry reflects an intensive relationship to the music of the spoken word. The musician central to this poem is Anthony "Spoons" Pough, and the speaker confides an ability to accompany anything he comes upon that pulses to a beat, no matter how simple or ordinary, and especially those rhythms of nature with which humans align themselves through song and melody:.
Two and a half decades since the publication of her first book, music remains a constant presence in Rita Dove's work; yet, the evolution of Dove's poetry continues to reflect an enlightenment and enrichment brought about by a willingness for technical exploration and an openness to life experiences. Although not a writer one would usually characterize as experimental, Dove has consistently employed different forms, including the villanelle and the sonnet, and personae, such as those in the slave monologues and the narratives of her grandparents, in her poetry throughout the years.
In addition to poetry, she has written a novel, Through the Ivory Gate , and a verse drama, The Darker Face of the Earth , as well as a song cycle, Seven for Luck , which was written to music by John Williams. She also served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United States from to However, according to recent news reports, a devastating event that helped shape the direction of Rita Dove's latest book of poems, American Smooth, happened in when her home was struck by lightning.
She and her husband, German novelist Fred Viebahn, escaped the fire that followed and destroyed their house. Among the items on Dove's list of things to accomplish and to lift her spirits as she was forced to start anew was to commit herself to a newly discovered desire for learning ballroom dancing. The title of the new collection, American Smooth, is explained in a prefatory note: "A form of ballroom dancing derived from the traditional Standard dances e.
An extreme example, "Rhumba," is designed with lines that alternate left margin flush and right margin flush, as well as plain text and italics. The separation of white space between the alternating lines, along with the feeling of independence presented by the two voices in the poem, and the rocking back and forth motion one seems to sense when reading the poem appear to mimic the movement of dance partners across a ballroom floor, combining the drama of opposition with the gracefulness of synchronization.
At the same time, "Fox Trot Fridays" shows a softer and smoother movement through the poem that imitates the milder steps of dancers escaping from their difficulties one day each week through the soothing therapy of mellow music and dance:.
The wonderful title poem of the collection continues this mood. An endnote explaining this section offers the following history:. Even in this section, however, the works begin with references to music and dance in the initial poem, "The Castle Walk. Conscious of the contrasts between the music the band usually plays and the tastes of their uptown white audience, the speaker confides how he chooses to dilute the music some:. The reader is then informed of another contrast which concerns the speaker, the carefree and careless atmosphere of the upper-class socialites juxtaposed to the growing violence and evil of war across the ocean.
Using the collective "we," the speaker comments:. Trot on, Irene! Vernon, fake that. Near the end of this section, the same main figure makes another appearance in a work titled "The Return of Lieutenant James Reese Europe.
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This poem acts as a perfect complement to the earlier one. In contrast to the safe haven of upper-class society seen in the previous poem, the African-American men in this poem have witnessed the effects of war and been involved in entertaining completely different audiences, have tried to ameliorate the suffering of others:.
That old woman in St. This poem also exhibits a greater sense of pride for what the men have endured and accomplished, as they march straight through midtown New York "stepping right up white-faced Fifth Avenue" and on up toward Harlem performing music reminiscent of where they have been, and displaying their war medals for all to see:. The most extensive poem in this section — indeed, the longest poem in the book — is "The Passage," which consists of nine parts, each a diary entry written between March 30 and April 7 of by an African-American soldier aboard ship during his Atlantic crossing toward war in Europe.
The soldier and speaker in the poem "Corporal Orval E. Peyton, nd Infantry, 93rd Division, A. One lady raised her apron to wipe away a tear. As the ship nears the coast of France, approaches the horrors of the war ashore, a hospital ship is passed and war news arrives nightly on the wireless. Peyton writes in his diary of the mood on ship, a mixture of eagerness and anxiety, and the strength the men drew from one another as they anticipated the battles ahead:. In the last diary entry, after services for a cook who has died on board, a sense of resignation and resolve arises from the solitary reflections written, as well as a feeling of relief that the ocean crossing is nearly over:.
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I am tired of the voyage. I can make myself contented. Once the soldiers have driven inland toward the war and confront the violent realities of battle, the images and language of Dove's poetry drifts adeptly to fit the shifting moods. A powerful poem "La Chapelle. However, even in this brief respite soldiers are unable to escape their ever-present thoughts of war.
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They are cognizant of the losses they have suffered, and they are conscious of dangers that loom ahead. A delicate transition deftly occurs in the poem's language, mood, and imagery:. Here, even the wind has edges.
The section's final poem, "Ripont," relates a visit by Rita Dove, her husband, and their baby daughter to the French battlefields of the th:. About three-quarters of a century had passed since the war, and at first the quiet scenes in the villages through which Dove drives seem eerily similar to those images of the deserted town found by the soldiers in "La Chapelle. They stop at a memorial site for one of the battles where fallen soldiers of the th had been buried, African-American soldiers alongside French.
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I hope this proves to be useful for editors looking for sources. If I'm understanding correctly, "tyrant flycatcher" is the common name for family "Tyrannidae". If that's the case, only one of Category:Tyrant flycatchers and Category:Tyrannidae is truly needed. Please discuss whether to keep the common name or scientific name, and merge these two categories together. Dawynn talk , 10 June UTC. There has been a lot of editing and some reverting or partial reverting on the articles of these two eagles. Can a consensus be reached on the contents of the pages?
I have invited User talk:Informaticz and User talk:Rabo3 to participate in this discussion. Snowman talk , 30 May UTC.
We are talking about female Philippine eagles which reached no less than cm long on average, Because you were saying that a cm long eagle from the FMNH was extra ordinary in length which by the way just one specimen the only matured female specimen available used in the experiment the other two are male one I think the 86 cm is wrong.. Do you have a documented measurement of female Philippine eagles from the wild please show them to me IF you find any? Here's a more simple analogy from the Haribon foundation specimen. There is really nothing special about these specimen from FMNH as Rabo3 was trying to imply as everybody knows Philippine eagle is a very rare specie and those 3 specimen were donated to the museum are in fact very normal in size.
This is a International forum and I was trying to make things simple and understandable to everyone reading. I commented that the tail alone could reached "almost 20 inches" or mm or 50 cm and you said: "the only documented is 42— I said I will get back to you on this and try to find it and I posted it.
No… you mis-understood evrything, You cannot really find it in the Haribon site I was reffering to another Philippine eagle specimen which has a 50 cm long tail and I also assumed that the cm long specimen was a female although it has no label of it's gender and for obvious reasons it's quite long to be a male eagle, it also has a long tarsi mm compare to all the specimen in the experiment But we could also put it as a male If that is your preference but It would create more confusing result If we will consider it as a male?
I asked IF you had seen a live Philippine eagle and It's irrelevant for you? Don't you have any idea for yourself or discernment on how to determine things? Now having seen them in flesh can you tell which do you think is longer? That is why I asked so now I think It's relevant to the issue. I am somewhat concerned to see editors taking up a lot of valuable time sorting this out. It is clearly a topic which editors feel strongly about and there is nothing wrong with that in itself.
I wonder what is the best way to sort this out in the most amicable way possible. Can I suggest that all discussion about who said what is put aside and editors work to form a consensus on the wording or content of the article? I have asked User Casliber to offer his experience in facilitation and arbitration to help out.
Snowman talk , 7 June UTC. Black-and-yellow Tanager uses the name Chrysothlypis chrysomelaena also on IBC but the original description here and reflected on [ Avibase ] is C. Shyamal talk , 13 June UTC.
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Bob the WikipediaN has made a bird morphometrics template infobox which may be usable in the longer articles. As usual it would only be an option to textual descriptions. Shyamal talk , 14 June UTC. Food web is currently being rewritten, and will hopefully go to FA. Any contributions from people in this project will be much appreciated.
File:Buteo magnirostris -Goias -Brazil Please lookout for vandalism or bizarre edits to the species article today. Snowman talk , 15 June UTC. File:Lamprotornis hildebrandti -Tanzaniac. Appreciation to Noel Feans, the Flickr photographer, who kindly issued the photograph with a Commons friendly licence, and User Sabine's Sunbird for identifying it. Voting finished some time ago. FWIW, I have listed Peregrine Falcon to go on the mainpage can't believe it hasn't been already , so if anyone feels inclined to do any tidying of it it was promoted in , that'd be great.
I'll take a look later too. FYI, Lore anatomy ; merge? Maias talk , 22 June UTC. Ok, I have been buffing up Jackdaw intermittently over the years, and see  - so do we have it at Corvus monedula or Coloeus monedula? This molecular study has some info - see here - with some other material mentioned. I don't have Rasmussen and Anderton which is the latest to promote Coloeus as a genus and is followed by IOC - what do others think?
Having looked at the genetics in the recent literature, it does seem clear that this species-pair is basal to genus Corvus, more primitive. To me the resurrection of Coloeus sensu Wolters makes sense.
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They should not be grouped within genus Corvus. Yesterday Wednesday I went to Hartlepool to see a robin. This reminds me - in central Australia recently there were numbers of Princess Parrot on aboriginal land which is private and requires permission to access and throngs of twitchers were heading out to the desert to see them and there were discussions with the aboriginal land council. If some of these have been in national media, they are worth adding to articles A reminder: there are still lots of Missing IOC names to be resolved.
Any help with this would be much appreciated. If there is no time limit, is putting a bigger article there worthwhile?