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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.001.0001

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Rita Dove, Dancing (2005)

Rita Dove, Dancing (2005)

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Willard Spiegelman

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at American poet Rita Dove's new volume of dance poems American Smooth. It explains that it was a specific hardship that led Dove to her current dancing obsession and to the subsequent use of dance in her writing. It examines how a poet replicates the distinctive measure of a specific dance and describes how Dove's poems mimic various dance steps.

Keywords:   Rita Dove, American Smooth, American poet, dance poems, dance steps, poetry criticism

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