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  • Grace Greene (10/19/2005 7:47:00 PM)

    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 (9/22/2005 10:19:00 PM)

    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

  • Larry Obrien (4/6/2005 11:38:00 AM)

    Kooser and
    the Pulitzer
    kinda coolitzer

  • Charles Pfeffer (3/9/2005 9:35:00 PM)

    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

  • Ruth Ferris (11/4/2004 9:47:00 AM)

    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.

  • Marv Welt (10/25/2004 1:30:00 PM)

    Kooser wrote a poem about his father that ttalks of his fathers death. What poem and how can I get it? Thanks, Marv Welt

  • Nancy Hamilton (10/14/2004 6:12:00 PM)

    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

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,
snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn
back into the little system of his care.
All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,
tug with bright streets at lonely lights like his.

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