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Description - American Smooth by Rita Dove

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393327441
ISBN-10: 0393327442
Format: Paperback / softback
(211mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 17-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rita Dove

Rita Dove is a former U.S. Poet Laureate, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Heinz Award, and a musician. She lives in Charlottesville, where she is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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