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Product Details

  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Carnegie Mellon; 4.8.2001 edition (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887483364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887483363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

TED KOOSER’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Hudson Review, Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Shenandoah and dozens of other literary journals. Kooser has won the Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest, the Kunitz Prize from Columbia, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He has published eight full-length collections of poetry and a number of chapbooks and special editions. He lives on an acreage near the village of Garland, Nebraska.

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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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These are so deep and truly beautiful.
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Ted deserves to be held up as one of the greatest poets that America has ever produced.
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This book of poetry by Ted Kooser was a lovely surprise.
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139 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Sean W. Lyons on August 5, 2001
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Fabric: the opening, dedicatory poem sketches a man's early morning walk along a road, a road that reminds him of an unrolled length of cloth, and the dark fields in the distance seem like the counter in the store his father worked at. He remembers his father behind the counter unrolling a bolt of cloth for the boy and saying "you can make something special with this."
Kooser, fighting cancer when he wrote these postcards, continues to use his naturally metaphorical imagination to transform common things and daily events into well-timed and expertly sculpted poems. There are at least a dozen gems in this collection and memorable metaphors and similes on nearly every page. The postcards--poems no longer than a page, and mostly much shorter than that--form a diary of sorts, not only a response to and a subtle record of his battle with cancer, but a testimony to his joy in the heartbreaking beauty of existence.
Kooser uses items from what Randall Jarrell called "the dailiness of life" to slide back to the past and to clarify the present. The "material"--his father, his mother, his uncle, roadside refuse, the moon, birds, graveyards, robes, a snowflake, the creaking snow, bolts of cloth--is embroidered beautifully and succinctly.
This book will lodge in the memory and engender respect for the overlooked yet rich fabric of our daily lives.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By John Michael Albert on February 9, 2006
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This book, by our current Poet Laureate, is as fine a book of modern poetry as you can hope for. During his treatment for cancer, the author is given medication that makes his skin sun-sensitive. So, in order to maintain his daily habit of walking the country roads of Nebraska for exercise, he has to do it before the sun comes up. To allay the inherent loneliness, he decides to send a friend, Jim Harrison, a poem on a postcard everyday. So, in the company of one of his dogs, plenty of different birds, and a keenly inquisitive mind to which nothing is ordinary and everything informs on everything else, this book was born. I usually read such a book in less than a week, marking the more effective poems in the table for contents for when I return. I couldn't shake this one for three weeks, and I read and read each of them poems three and four times before moving on to the next. It's winter in New England; that may be part of it. And the grey dawn hand of mortality has overshadowed me for the last few months as well. But neither is real reason I kept this faithful book with me; fundamentally, it's just a good book. Look past that startlingly honest title and start reading. You won't regret it. C. S. Lewis quoted a student, who quoted his father, saying, "We read to know that we are not alone." If every a book does that, this does.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gary Sprandel on April 20, 2006
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Spanning from Nov 9 to the first day of spring, these short, direct poems all reflect a pre-dawn walk in Nebraska "beneath a billion indifferent stars". A short statement of the weather (for example, "two degrees and clear" on December 30) is followed by a short poem influenced by what he saw on his walk. ("Older this morning, the moon / hid most of her face / behind a round gray mirror").

The poems sometimes reflect different shades of darkness, from "a deer of gray vapor" to "a rutted black field". The poems are set within his recovery from cancer "Lucky I am to go off to my cancer appointment having been given a bluebird")

I read each of the poems on the same date they were written, which provided a personal contrast. As a postcard collector, I would love to receive one of these poems on a postcard.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven E. Frenkel on May 20, 2007
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Ted Kooser manages to eloquently describe the world around him without ever being puffed up, aluding to obscure classics or requiring PhD research. This volume is just a wonderful, accessable group of poetic morsels that go down smoothly and leave you hungering for more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fierce Red Pen on December 1, 2008
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Kooser is a master, but this collection of his postcard poems to a friend during cancer recovery is very powerful. An intimite glimpse at despair and hope all mixed up with the wonder of winter mornings. Easy to see why he's been the US Poet Laureate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D.C. Pastor on October 2, 2007
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Out of the many excellent books that Ted Kooser has written, for my money this is the best. Written while recovering from cancer its reflections of before sunrise walks are his most deeply personal. It is a book that should be shared with all those who struggle with cancer. Ted deserves to be held up as one of the greatest poets that America has ever produced.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Whitgrove on August 2, 2005
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Ted Kooser is a meticulous observer of life. If you read his work thoughtfully, you can learn how to appreciate the world you live in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Gwaltney on March 17, 2011
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I love poetry, but I'm a fussy reader. This book is purely wonderful. Ted Kooser can describe all that makes up winter, so clearly, a person can see and feel it. I have no words to do it justice. It feeds me. I just love it.
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