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American Smooth : Poems
by Rita Dove


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9780393327441
  • ISBN-10: 0393327442
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: February 2006
  • Page Count: 143


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