Title: Amercan Smooth: Poems.
Publisher: Norton, New York
Publication Date: 2004
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. Review copy with promo material laid in. Catalog Gin. Bookseller Inventory # 22202
Synopsis: 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.
About the Author: Rita Dove is the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is a former US poet laureate and has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
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