"American Smooth" by Rita Dove
Born in Akron, Ohio, in 1952, Rita Dove won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 1993. She has published nine volumes of poetry, a book of short stories, a collection of essays, and a novel. Throughout her life, Dove has nurtured a love of dance that has led to many poems about dancing, of which "American Smooth" is one.