Happy Birthday to Ted Kooser, born April 25, 1939, in Ames Iowa!
He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, for Delights and Shadows, and also served two terms as the Poet Laureate of the United States.
A Man With a Rake is his newest collection–eighteen delectable vignettes, including “A Mouse Nest,” “A Sepia Photograph,” a “Fox.” Each a nugget of breathing space, an interlude. I was especially beguiled by “The Closed Road.” Ted Kooser’s gentle poetry captures essence.
The author of over twenty books, including five for children, and lives in a small town in Nebraska.
There’s a reason this poet is much loved. His poetry is so full of poignant vignettes of the ordinary, urging the mesmerized reader to pause and become a noticer of details as well. I’d list my favorite, but there are at least ten of them. I just love this man’s compelling work.
My fibromyalgia symptoms became so miserable I thought I’d never be able to write again. I gave away all of my poetry books, including Kooser’s Delights and Shadows and The Poetry Home Repair Manual. I since have gratefully acquired new copies of both.
I’m a big fan of Ted Kooser’s work as well!
He’s a gem!
The longer we live, the more we come to understand that the ‘ordinary’ is really extraordinary.
That’s so sad to think of you giving away your poetry books!
They ended up with a song-writer! I’m just so thankful that the brain fog has lifted. lump in throat
[…] Here’s an earlier post about Ted Kooser’s A Man With a Rake, which was published in 2022. […]