The south end of the UVA Lawn at night
Lifetime Learning


April is National Poetry Month, and Lifetime Learning is pleased to celebrate the talents of UVA faculty. Enjoy our April poetry series!

Rita Dove. Credit: Fred Viebahn

Rita Dove is the Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. She is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and a former United States Poet Laureate. Her most recent collection is Collected Poems: 1974–2004 from W. W. Norton.




Velvet fruit, exquisite square
I hold up to sniff
between finger and thumb –

how you numb me
with your rich attentions!
If I don’t eat you quickly,

you’ll melt in my palm.
Pleasure seeker, if I let you
you’d liquefy everywhere.

Knotted smoke, dark punch
of earth and night and leaf,
for a taste of you

any woman would gladly
crumble to ruin.
Enough chatter: I am ready

to fall in love!

……………..   from: Collected Poems 1974-2004 by Rita Dove (W. W. Norton & Co., © 2016)
………………..  Reprinted by permission of Rita Dove. All rights reserved.


Continue your education with Lifetime Learning’s online resources available to alumni, parents, and friends.

The Thoughts From the Lawn (TFTL) blog is published by Lifetime Learning at the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Office of Engagement. This platform features UVA faculty and staff articles for the benefit of UVA’s alumni, parents, and friends. The views expressed in TFTL blog posts reflect the views of the authors and not those of Lifetime Learning. Lifetime Learning reviews the content and links in each article before publication; however, we take no responsibility for inaccurate information and/or links that lead to post-publication, unintended sites. Lifetime Learning is not responsible and will not be held liable for blog comments and reserves the right to remove malicious or mean-spirited responses.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *