Ted Kooser

(Ames, Iowa)

Ted Kooser Poems

1. At the Cancer Clinic 10/16/2015
2. Abandoned Farmhouse 3/16/2016
3. A Letter In October 4/8/2015
4. Porch Swing in September 4/22/2015
5. A Happy Birthday 12/3/2014
6. Late February 7/13/2015
7. In January 1/13/2003
8. Flying At Night 4/1/2004
9. A Birthday Poem 1/13/2003
10. After Years 1/13/2003
11. Selecting A Reader 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Ted Kooser

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
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,
"For that kind of money, I can get
my raincoat cleaned." And she will.

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