Ted Kooser

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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 ...
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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
After Years
Today, from a distance, I saw you
walking away, and without a sound
the glittering face of a glacier
slid into the sea. An ancient oak
Flying At Night
Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations.
Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
like a snowflake falling on water. Below us,
some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death,
Selecting A Reader
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
In January
Only one cell in the frozen hive of night
is lit, or so it seems to us:
this Vietnamese café, with its oily light,
its odors whose colorful shapes are like flowers.


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2) He lives on an acreage near the town of Garland, Nebraska, with his wife, Kathleen Rutledge, and their dogs, Alice and Howard. He also has a son, Jeff, and two granddaughters Margaret.and Penelope Wishing him and his beloved souse God's Blessings in Abundance
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Ted Kooser, a remarkable briiliant poet, He has received several honorary doctorates. He is a former vice-president of Lincoln Benefit Life Copmpany, where he worked for many years.
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ava 16 February 2021
It doesn't have one of his poems 'Abandoned Farmhouse'
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MARCUS 15 June 2019
I am looking for a Kooser poem about an old woman who had a bent back from years of work, does anyone know this poem
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susan thorkildsen 03 October 2018
He is up there with the other greats. A few words can evoke such strong images, feelings. A privilege to see his works.
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Ishani Raj 13 May 2018
Good poem
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Joel Delpha 20 March 2018
A special poet - very accessible, vivid imagery. His Winter Walks collection get me through the cold, dark time of the year. Last poem - today. The first day of Spring.
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Brigit Murray 20 June 2014
Another of his poems to add... Abandoned Farmhouse By Ted Kooser He was a big man, says the size of his shoes on a pile of broken dishes by the house; a tall man too, says the length of the bed in an upstairs room; and a good, God-fearing man, says the Bible with a broken back on the floor below the window, dusty with sun; but not a man for farming, say the fields cluttered with boulders and the leaky barn. A woman lived with him, says the bedroom wall papered with lilacs and the kitchen shelves covered with oilcloth, and they had a child, says the sandbox made from a tractor tire. Money was scarce, say the jars of plum preserves and canned tomatoes sealed in the cellar hole. And the winters cold, say the rags in the window frames. It was lonely here, says the narrow country road. Something went wrong, says the empty house in the weed-choked yard. Stones in the fields say he was not a farmer; the still-sealed jars in the cellar say she left in a nervous haste. And the child? Its toys are strewn in the yard like branches after a storm- a rubber cow, a rusty tractor with a broken plow, a doll in overalls. Something went wrong, they say.
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Claudia Moline 05 May 2014
I agree with comments about Kooser being a master. He and Mary Oliver and Galway Kinnell are poets I go back to and read again and again and again.
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Grace Greene 19 October 2005
Kooser is a master. After reading his book Delights and Shadows cover to cover at least three times, I am thoroughly convinced that he is one of the most distinguished and gifted authors of our time, as well as my favorite. The intense yet simplistic ways in which Kooser captures his subjects leaves me absolutely speechless with wonder at how one person can be supplied with such an immense amount of talent. I am truly awed and inspired by Kooser's work. If I had to choose a single poem as my 'favorite, ' I would definitely say 'A Spiral Notebook' comes out on top. As a writer myself, this poem deeply and truly speaks to me, as well as many of my peers, in an almost indescribable fashion. The beauty with which Kooser describes the notebook and the feelings of the person handling it is truly amazing. I highly recommend all and any of Ted Kooser's work to anyone who has the gift to understand and appreciate this man's wonderful way with words.
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Wanda Bailey 22 September 2005
Ted, I just got your book, Delights and Shadows, and The Poetry Home Repair Manual today..I finished Delights and Shadows and half way through Home Repair..LOL I'm definately a free style writer..No syllabics for me.. I am so inspired by your writing. Wanda Bailey
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Larry Obrien 06 April 2005
Kooser and the Pulitzer kinda coolitzer
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Charles Pfeffer 09 March 2005
Ted Kooser wrote a poem abut a father receiving his daughter's coffin at a remote railroad station, and then taking it home. Where could I find this poem? Thank you, C. Pfeiffer
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Ruth Ferris 04 November 2004
I understand Kooser wrote blizzard poetry. How can I get these? I have a student interested in building a poetry program on the topic for speech team.
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Marv Welt 25 October 2004
Kooser wrote a poem about his father that ttalks of his fathers death. What poem and how can I get it? Thanks, Marv Welt
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Nancy Hamilton 14 October 2004
Where can I find the poem 'That was I' by Ted Kooser I would enjoy having a copy to read to my class mates. Nancy Hamilton Chamnsh@snowhill.com
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