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American Smooth: Poems By Rita Dove (University of Virginia)

American Smooth: Poems
by Rita Dove (University of Virginia)

"Rita Dove pulls the ultimate dance trick: she makes it look easy."--New York Times Book Review

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American Smooth: Poems Summary


An occasion to celebrate: a new collection by the Pulitzer Prize-winning former poet laureate; her first since On the Bus with Rosa Parks. With the grace of an Astaire, Rita Dove's magnificent poems pay homage to our kaleidoscopic cultural heritage; from the glorious shimmer of an operatic soprano to Bessie Smith's mournful wail; from paradise lost to angel food cake; from hotshots at the local shooting range to the Negro jazz band in World War I whose music conquered Europe before the Allied advance. Like the ballroom-dancing couple of the title poem, smiling and making the difficult seem effortless, Dove explores the shifting surfaces between perception and intimation.

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American Smooth: Poems
Rita Dove (University of Virginia)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
WW Norton & Co
2006-02-01
144
0393327442
9780393327441
Winner of New York Times Notable Selection 2004
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