Ted Kooser Poems
- A Birthday Poem Just past dawn, the sun stands with its ...
- Selecting A Reader First, I would have her be beautiful, and...
- After Years Today, from a distance, I saw you walking away, ...
- Flying At Night Above us, stars. Beneath us, ...
- In January Only one cell in the frozen hive of night is lit,...
- Late February The first warm day, and by mid-afternoon ...
- A Happy Birthday This evening, I sat by an open window and ...
Ted Kooser is one of the nation’s most highly regarded poets and served as the United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 - 2006. During his second term he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems, Delights & Shadows (Copper Canyon Press, 2004). A Presidential Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he is the author of twelve full-length collections of poetry. Over the years his works have appeared in many periodicals including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and Antioch Review. Koosers’ poems are included in ... more »
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A Birthday Poem
Just past dawn, the sun stands
with its heavy red head
in a black stanchion of trees,
waiting for someone to come
with his bucket
for the foamy white light,
and then a long day in the pasture.
I too spend my days grazing,
feasting on every green moment
till darkness calls,
and with the others
I walk away into the night,
swinging the little tin bell
of my name.