Mother Love

In this collection, Rita Dove takes the characters of Demeter and Persephone out of the realm of Greek myth and places them in settings as various as Arizona, Mexico, and a bistro in Paris. This modern retelling of the classic mother-daughter tale, written in a verse-cycle of seven sections, is presented, according to Dove, “in homage and as counterpoint to Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus.” Through tightly wound sonnets, Dove goes beyond the myth to tell a story that moves through time and place and navigates the space between the world of classical mythology and the modern world as we know it.