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Valentines Hardcover – February 1, 2008

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In 1986, Kooser (U.S. poet laureate 2004–2006) started a tradition. He sent a Valentine's Day poem on a postcard to 50 women. Over the past 30 years, he's sent his annual poem to an increasing number of women (in 2007 there were 2,600 recipients). This collection presents all the postcard poems plus one more, dedicated to Kooser's wife, Kathleen. Accompanied by drawings by Robert Hanna, each poem is a unique snapshot of love. The poet says it best himself: all my life, I have wanted nothing so much as the love of women. (Feb.)
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Even the best things come to an end, and a better end than this little book to Kooser’s 21-year practice of sending a Valentine’s Day poem to, first, 50 female friends and, eventually, all the women who asked for it (some 2,600 at last count) is hard to imagine. He wrote for fun, he says, as well as affection, and although “all my life I have wanted nothing so much / as the love of women,” flirtatiousness is as erotic as these poems get. Most etch incidents of loving companionship, patent in the poem about an old man cutting a sandwich in half for his wife and himself, understood in the one about feeling a bond with garbage men extracting good flowers from a florist’s trash. Because Kooser is a master of such unpretentious scene-painting, these are poems of rich, Wordsworthian common feeling. They’ve nearly all appeared in Kooser’s previous collections, but especially as accompanied by Robert Hanna’s drawings, one per poem, of Kooser’s rural Nebraskan homeland, they’ve never seemed more like godsends—or valentines. --Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 60 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803217706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803217706
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Kooser was the United States Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006 and won a Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems DELIGHTS AND SHADOWS. He is the author of twelve full-length volumes of poetry and several books of nonfiction, and his work has appeared in many periodicals. This is his first children's book. He lives in Garland, Nebraska.Barry Root has illustrated many books for children, including THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP by Terry Farish and THE BIRTHDAY TREE by Paul Fleischman. He lives in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

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"Valentines" is not the typical Valentine's Day sentimental poetry. The poems are 'homespun' and reflect the history of the prairie. Each poem is illustrated by line drawings of Robert Hanna. Mr. Kooser wrote and sent one poem each year on postcards to women friends for 21 years. This book is a compilation of them. Each poem touched me in a different way. Marvelous.
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This short collection presents poems Ted Kooser wrote and sent to various friends as valentines over a period of years. It covers romantic love, friendship, appreciation and other kinds of love, including love of mankind. Some of the poems are touching, some thoughtful and some humorous. This book makes a great addition to any poetry collection and is a good one to turn to when in need of a little positive reinforcement.
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Ted Kooser; Overall - I'm addressing this man as an artist that has the ability to move reality in jewel tones. It doesn't matter to me what selection you may make to begin to know his beautiful compositions. If you haven't this power of observation, then you are in for an experience that will shape the readers mind into multi-depths of wonderment. A sort that brings peace inwardly. Don't wait...get started.
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Nothing Ted Kooser writes does not please me, but the shear beauty of how he captures the simple expressions of love are truly
thrilling. I have read and re-read this book and I've recommended it to countless poetry aficionados. God Bless Ted!
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My husband & I used to know a wonderful couple, who over the years, the husband would send birthday cards to the wives of his friends, with a little verse and a balloon! I'll never forget his kindness & bringing a smile to the "birthday girl".
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I bought this book for my wife, for St. Valentine's day; after having heard an interview with the author on NPR. I also refer to it when I write her cards and letters. Great poetry regardless of the mood.
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I have been reading Ted Kooser for years. Always his poetry. This is something new. Its autobiographical --- and, as ever with Ted, this little book is well worth the read.
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