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American Smooth: Poems (2004) [Collection]
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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. Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar, makes her way through crowds to receive the award. A girl in Harlem studies the flirtations of the adult world so that someday, she, too, can "pop right out."
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- Fox trot Fridays
- All souls'
- "I have been a stranger in a strange land"
- Fox trot Fridays
- Ta ta cha cha
- Quick
- Brown
- Fox
- Heart to heart
- Cozy Apologia
- Soprano
- Two for the Montrose drive-in
- Meditation at fifty yards, moving target
- American smooth
- Not welcome here
- The castle walk
- The passage
- Noble Sissle's horn
- Alfonzo prepares to go over the top
- La Chapelle. 92nd division. Ted
- Variation on reclamation
- The return of Lieutenant James Reese Europe
- Ripont
- Twelve chairs
- Blues in half-tones, 3/4 time
- Chocolate
- Bolero
- Hattie McDaniel arrives at the coconut grove
- Samba summer
- Blues in half-tones, 3/4 time
- Describe yourself in three words or less
- The seven veils of Salome
- From your valentine
- Rhumba
- The sisters : swansong
- Evening primrose
- Evening primrose
- Reverie in open air
- Sic itur ad astra
- Count to ten and we'll be there
- Eliza, age 10, Harlem
- Lullaby
- Driving through
- Desert backyard
- Desk dreams
- Now
- Against flight
- Looking up from the page, I am reminded of this mortal coil

Original title: American Smooth: Poems
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryVerse

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American Smooth: Poems (2004)
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Language: English

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American Smooth: Poems (2004)

ISBN: 0393059871

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