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By Rita Dove

Just when hope withers, the visa is granted.
The door opens to a street like in the movies,
clean of people, of cats; except it is your street
you are leaving. A visa has been granted,
'provisionally'-a fretful word.
The windows you have closed behind
you are turning pink, doing what they do
every dawn. Here it's gray. The door
to the taxicab waits. This suitcase,
the saddest object in the world.
Well, the world's open. And now through
the windshield the sky begins to blush
as you did when your mother told you
what it took to be a woman in this life.

Note I: Thoughts on the Poem by Filip Milojevic:
-The poem tells a story which is about a women passing into a new begining, and her role in that beginning.
- Imagery repition and simle are used to convey the theme of passing into a new beginning.

"Without imagination we can go nowhere. And imagination is not restricted to the arts. Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine."
      - Rita Dove

Rita Dove
(Rita Frances Dove)
Born: August 28, 1952 (age 64 in 2016), Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Spouse: Fred Viebahn (since  1979)
    She is  is an American poet and essayist. From 1993 to 1995 she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She is the first African-American to have been appointed since the position was created by an act of Congress in 1986 from the previous "consultant in poetry" position (1937–86). Dove also received an appointment as "special consultant in poetry" for the Library of Congress's bicentennial year from 1999 to 2000. Dove is the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, in 1987, and she served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2004 to 2006.
    ‘COLLECTED POEMS 1974-2004’ By Rita Dove (Norton). Ms. Dove, a former poet laureate of the United States, writes poems that have earthiness, originality, power and range. There are so many casual pleasures in her work that the precision and dexterity — the darkness, too — can catch you unawares. This is a major collection. Times Review by Dwight Garner May 31, 2016