Treasure Island

Ted Kooser

(Ames, Iowa)

Poems of Ted Kooser

1. A Birthday Poem 1/13/2003
2. After Years 1/13/2003
3. Flying at Night 4/1/2004
4. In January 1/13/2003
5. Selecting A Reader 1/13/2003

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

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