This post may come a little early—April is National Poetry Month—but I couldn’t wait to blog about my favorite poet, Rita Dove. I first discovered the former U.S. Poet Laureate in a writing class at WMU, where I was quickly wowed by her collection of poems called Mother Love. In Mother Love, Dove uses the ancient Greek myth about Demeter and Persephone to explore mother-daughter relationships and does it with the grace and insight only a poet has. I highly recommend it, along with Dove’s American Smooth which celebrates America’s diverse cultural heritage using dance metaphors.