Thomas and Beulah

Thomas and Beulah

infobox Book |
name = Thomas and Beulah

author = Rita Dove
illustrator =
cover_artist = Ray A. Dove
country = United States
language = English
series =
genre = Poetry
publisher = Carnegie-Mellon University Press (Harper and Row)
release_date = 1986
media_type = Print
pages = 80 pp.
isbn = ISBN 0-88748-021-7 (Paperback)
preceded_by = Fifth Sunday
followed_by = Grace Notes

"Thomas and Beulah" is a book of poems by American poet Rita Dove that tells the semi-fictionalized chronological story of her maternal grandparents, the focus being on her grandfather Thomas in the first half and her grandmother Beulah in the second. It won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.


I. Mandolin
*"The Event"Also featured in a chapbook titled "Mandolin" in "Ohio Review 28"]
*"Variation on Pain"
*"Straw Hat"Also featured in "Callaloo".]
*"Variation on Guilt"
*"Nothing Down"Also featured in "The Reaper".]
*"The Zeppelin Factory"
*"Under the Viaduct, 1932"
*"Lightnin' Blues"Also featured in "Paris Review".]
*"Definition in the Face of Unnamed Fury"
*"Aircraft"Also featured in "Cutbank".]
*"Aurora Borealis"
*"Variation on Gaining a Son"
*"One Volume Missing"
*"The Charm"
*"Gospel"Also featured in "Georgia Review".]
*"Roast Possum"
*"The Stroke"
*"The Satisfaction Coal Company"
*"Thomas at the Wheel"

II. Canary in Bloom
*"Taking in Wash"Also featured in "Ploughshares".]
*"Magic"Also featured in "Nimrod".]
*"Courtship, Diligence"Also featured in "New England Review & Bread Loaf Quarterly".]
*"Dusting"Also featured in "Poetry".] Also featured in "Pushcart Prize: VII, Pushcart Press, 1984", "Museum, Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1983", and "The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets, 1985".]
*"A Hill of Beans"Also featured in "The Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, University Press of New England, 1985"]
*"Weathering Out"Also featured in "Agni Review".]
*"The House on Bishop Street"
*"The Great Palaces of Versailles"Also featured in "New American Poets of the Eighties", "Wampeter Press", 1984]
*"Sunday Greens"
*"Wingfoot Lake"
*"The Oriental Ballerina"


Notes and references

External links

* [ Online poem, "Straw Hat", from "Thomas and Beulah" by Rita Dove at]

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