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Selecting A Reader

Rating: 4.3
First, I would have her be beautiful,
and walking carefully up on my poetry
at the loneliest moment of an afternoon,
her hair still damp at the neck
from washing it. She should be wearing
a raincoat, an old one, dirty
from not having money enough for the cleaners.
She will take out her glasses, and there
in the bookstore, she will thumb
over my poems, then put the book back
up on its shelf. She will say to herself,
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Mariam 25 August 2020
Add a comment.how sweet
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Stephen Loomes 30 June 2018
Ah, the dreams of an aging poet; but at least she thumbed over your poems as am I; the world is full of poets ever since we had recorded language; thanks to the Mercian's whose teutonic tongue became the scaffold for the English language. You at least, are a good poet, and should displace that idiot Robert Frost over whom so many Americans dote. Nothing personal Robert, you're just not a very good poet like this guy.
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Jasbir Chatterjee 26 February 2016
lovely poem and I identify myself completely with it...Thanks for sharing.
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Xing Hua 07 June 2015
hha, if someone gave me a book for free, i would be very happy.
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Savita Tyagi 07 June 2015
Simply beautiful! Sad plight of a poet! Poor monetary rewards for artists! Still they create, they inspire!
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Kim Barney 07 June 2015
This is a fantastic poem! I can see by reading the comments below that some people totally misunderstood Ted. The one who calls himself OLD POET got it right.
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Phanice Wamukota 07 June 2015
Haha, thanks for understanding man. And then you will follow her and give her the book for free, because you are he guardian angel..
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Pranab K Chakraborty 07 June 2015
Excellent and superb the tragedy of having a reader. Poet much cool to count the words to choice a rain-passionate reader female by birth. It's a new dimension to expose the reader's need a poet suffer by its poetic origin.
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Terri Kirby Erickson 07 November 2007
The lovely thing about this poem is how it flows from image to image...the beautiful woman...walking carefully...the loneliest moment of the afternoon...her hair still damp at the neck. You can see it clearly, feel it in a visceral way. Ted Kooser is a master at the art of story telling. And the thing is, if you are a writer...to inspire a woman to have her raincoat cleaned seems miracle enough. Every decision counts-every act, however small, changes the world.
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Old Poet 18 January 2007
Short, simple and definitely Ted Kooser. Some comments show that they did NOT get this poem in spite of its simplicity. He's poking fun of his own work AND vanity people! Its a great poem!
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