Rita Dove is a more modern poet. She was raised in Ohio and attended Miami University and was a Presidential Scholar. She has also received a Pulitzer Prize for her book Thomas and Beulah and was Poet Laureate in 1993. She writes poems to capture a moment, to get the reader to experience what it was like for that person to experience what she experienced.
I made it home early, only to get
stalled in the driveway-swaying
at the wheel like a blind pianist caught in a tune
meant for more than two hands playing.
The words were easy, crooned
by a young girl dying to feel alive, to discover
a pain majestic enough
to live by. I turned the air conditioning off,
leaned back to float on a film of sweat,
and listened to her sentiment:
Baby, where did our love go?-a lament
I greedily took in
without a clue who my lover
might be, or where to start looking.