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American Smooth: Poems
by Rita Dove

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    List Price: $22.95
    Format: Hardcover, 143 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9780393059878
    Imprint: W. W. Norton & Company
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
    Parent Company: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
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    Book Description:This exciting new collection pays homage to America’s 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 hot-shots at the local shooting range to the Negro jazz band in the First World War, whose music conquered Europe before the Allied advance. Like the ball-room dancing couple of the title poem, smiling and making the difficult seem effortless, Rita Dove explores shifting surfaces between perception and imitation.


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