By Ted Kooser
Publish yr note: First released January 1st 2004
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
"Kooser files the dignities, conduct and small griefs of everyday life, our starvation for connection, our fight to discover balance."—Poetry
"[Kooser] brushes poems over traditional gadgets, revealing metaphysical issues that approach an investigator dusts for fingerprints. His language is so managed and convincing that one can't aid yet believe major truths at the back of his lines." —The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Delights & Shadows increases the voice of the poet above every little thing else. each one brief, brilliant poem at the web page reads as though it have been being spoken aloud. information about cemeteries, dictionaries, a doctor's ready room, and a jar of buttons bristle with sound and wisdom. Kooser's skill to exploit short lyrics to compose a song of discovery and regeneration makes his paintings radiant and consuming." —Bloomsbury Review
[bTed Kooser[/b] is a grasp of metaphor, a poet who deftly connects disparate components of the realm and communicates with absolute precision. Critics name him a "haiku-like imagist" and his poems were in comparison to Chekov's brief tales. In Delights and Shadows, Kooser attracts concept from the ignored information of everyday life. Quotidian gadgets like a pegboard, creamed corn and a forgotten salesman's trophy aid display the outstanding in what prior to was once a in simple terms traditional world.
Ted Kooser is the writer of 8 collections of poems and a prose memoir. He lives on a small farm in rural Nebraska.
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2005)
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Before him the red wheat bends, the sky is cloudless, smokeless, and blue. Where he has passed, the hot stalks spread in streaks, like a shell exploding, but that is behind him. With stiff, bony shoulders he mows his way into the colors of summer. 50 Turkey Vultures Circling above us, their wing-tips fanned like fingers, it is as if they are smoothing one of those tissue-paper sewing patterns over the pale blue fabric of the air, touching the heavens with leisurely pleasure, just a word or two called back and forth, taking all the time in the world, even though the sun is low and red in the west, and they have fallen behind with the making of shrouds.
It was hard to hold up your end of the gossip with your coffee cold, but it was a special occasion, just the same, to sit at her kitchen table and sip the bitter percolation of the past week’s rumors from cups it had taken a year to collect at the grocery, with one piece free for each five pounds of flour. 29 Zenith It was part of her parlor’s darkness during the war years — its Gothic cabinet, its shadowy speaker behind a thin lattice like the face of a priest — but when my grandmother snapped its switch each evening to tune in the news, it opened the tiny Japanese fan of its dial and light spilled over her fingers, swollen and stiff.
He would surely do something to spoil it if the painter would give him the chance. 49 4. the veteran in a new field A lone man scything wheat His back is turned to us, his white shirt the brightest thing in the painting. Old trousers, leather army suspenders. Before him the red wheat bends, the sky is cloudless, smokeless, and blue. Where he has passed, the hot stalks spread in streaks, like a shell exploding, but that is behind him. With stiff, bony shoulders he mows his way into the colors of summer.
Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser