Rita Dove, American Smooth

Cecilia Donohue (Independent Scholar - North America)
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For her 2004 collection of poems entitled

American Smooth

, American poet Rita Dove draws on recent events in her life. A lightening-induced house fire and an interest in ballroom dancing provide subject matter for several of the entries in this volume. In fact, the collection’s title is defined within the prefatory pages as a special variation of this partnered art form:

A form of ballroom dancing derived from the traditional Standard dances (e.g., Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango), in which the partners are free to release each other from the closed embrace and dance without any physical contact, thus permitting improvisation and individual expression.

A form of ballroom dancing derived from the traditional Standard dances (e.g., Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango), in which the partners are free to…

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Citation: Donohue, Cecilia. "American Smooth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 May 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16818, accessed 22 April 2024.]

16818 American Smooth 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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