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Poet/author Rita Dove with President Barack Obama at the National Medal of the Arts ceremony on February 13, 2012. Photo by Anthony Brown, Imigination Photography

Poet/author Rita Dove with President Barack Obama at the National Medal of the Arts ceremony on February 13, 2012. Photo by Anthony Brown, Imigination Photography

Sorride da lontano.  Denti di spuma,  Labbra di cielo. Federico Gaecia Lorca

Sorride da lontano. Denti di spuma, Labbra di cielo. Federico Gaecia Lorca

George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower did not go down in history. But he was rescued from obscurity by Pulitzer Prize winning Poet Laureate Rita Dove in her acclaimed book, Sonata Mulattica.  Here, Rita Dove is awarded by President Barack Obama.

George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower did not go down in history. But he was rescued from obscurity by Pulitzer Prize winning Poet Laureate Rita Dove in her acclaimed book, Sonata Mulattica. Here, Rita Dove is awarded by President Barack Obama.

Rita Dove, running a fever, with her mother, who is holding Rita's four-day-old daughter Aviva.

Rita Dove, running a fever, with her mother, who is holding Rita's four-day-old daughter Aviva.

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