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American Smooth, by Rita Dove

This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Rita Dove reading her poem “American Smooth” at the Dodge Poetry Festival. “American Smooth” is the title poem of a collection of Rita Dove’s poems about dancing. “…When I began to appreciate the technical intricacies of each [dance] style,” says Dove, “the rise upon tiptoe, [or] the gradual lowering from tiptoe that one executes in the second half of the third beat of the waltz—only then did ‘American Smooth’ start to shimmer into being.”

For a biography of the poet Rita Dove, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

This media asset comes from Poetry Everywhere filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

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