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To preview Rita Dove's reading Oct. 22, 2014, for HoCoPoLitSo, this edition of The Writing Life features poet Michael Collier hosting a 1999 conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, centering on her book On the Bus With Rosa Parks and her years as a National Poet Laureate.

Dove talks about the genesis of her poems about Parks, the quiet lady who, by remaining seated when told to move to the back of the bus, set off the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Collier likens the power and symbolism of Park's inaction to the historic ride of Paul Revere. Dove reads "In the Lobby of the Warner Theatre," "Washington, D.C.," "Rosa," "The Pond, Porch View: 6 p.m. Early Spring," and "Lady Freedom Among Us."

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The Writing Life airs Tuesdays at 11am, 4pm and 7pm, Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

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