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American Smooth By Rita Dove (University of Virginia)

American Smooth
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 Summary

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

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 Reviews

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

About Rita Dove (University of Virginia)

Rita Dove is the recipient of many honors, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is a Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville.

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American Smooth: Poems by Rita Dove (University of Virginia)
Rita Dove (University of Virginia)
Used - Very Good
WW Norton & Co
Winner of New York Times Notable Selection 2004
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