American Smooth (poetry collection)

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American Smooth
Rita Dove - American Smooth Poems.jpeg
Author Rita Dove
Country United States
Language English
Genre Poetry
Publisher W.W. Norton
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 143 pp.
ISBN 978-0-393-05987-8
OCLC 55488060
811/.54 22
LC Class PS3554.O884 A77 2004
Preceded by On the Bus with Rosa Parks
Followed by Sonata Mulattica

American Smooth is a poetry book by Rita Dove.[1]


  • All souls
  • "I have been a stranger in a strange land"
  • Fox trot Fridays
  • Ta ta cha cha
  • Quick
  • Brown
  • Fox
  • Heart to heart
  • Cozy apologia
  • Soprano
  • Two for the Montrose drive-in
  • Meditation at fifty yards, moving target
  • American smooth [2]
  • The castle walk
  • The passage
  • Noble sissle's horn
  • Alfonzo prepares to go over the top
  • La Chapelle. 92nd Division. Ted
  • Variation on reclamation
  • The return of Lieutenant James Reese Europe
  • Ripont
  • Chocolate
  • Bolero
  • Hattie McDaniel arrives at the coconut grove
  • Samba summer
  • Blues in half-tones, 3/4 time
  • Describe yourself in three words or less
  • The seven veils of Salomé
  • From your valentine
  • Rhumba
  • The sisters: swansong.
  • Evening primrose
  • Reverie in open air
  • Sic itur ad astra
  • Count to ten and we'll be there
  • Eliza, age 10, Harlem
  • Lullaby
  • Driving through
  • Desert backyard
  • Desk dreams
  • Now
  • Against flight
  • Looking up from the page, I am reminded of this mortal coil.



  1. ^ Donahue, Cecilia. "American Smooth". The Literary Encyclopedia.  (subscription required to view full article)
  2. ^ "American Smooth by Rita Dove". Poetry Archive.