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Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) Paperback – June 30, 1980
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Sure Signs is complete and mature work of poetry. There is little in contemporary poetry that can compare with it in excellence. . . . I find myself surprised at its freshness, the purity of the writing, its open-eyed honesty, its humor and kindliness, its strength of character, its overwhelming sense of place, and so much more. . . . I see it as a lasting work, comparable to the best of the Spoon River or Frost in his richest vein.”
We had known, some of us, that Ted Kooser was good, but how good this substantial volume tells. He has, with his wit and his earthiness, his imagination and his lucidity, staked out as his own a regionwestern it issomewhere poetically between Frost and Williams (he shows us, to our surprise, how close they were). It is, in short, a volume we can all feeland we will in the indefinite futuregrateful for.”
[These poems] are evocative of loneliness, friendships, great distances, the value of things usually disregarded and of lives usually unsung; and all this in a way that is pecularly American.”
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But amidst the gloom of abandoned spaces and anxieties about silence, Kooser shows the reader the permanency of hope and of belief. The dismantled church in "The Red Wing Church" (p. 81)--parts from which now decorate gardens, porches and the mayor's house--is undeniably "still a church." And the ringing church bell in "Sunday Morning" (p. 93) blares out deafeningly at the end of the collection as it "tolls its thankfulness." Churches, in this collection, become a symbol not so much of the theology that built them, but of the congregations they shelter from an indifferent natural world.
Though the landscape in this collection is scarred by the ravages of time, and many of its inhabitants have departed, Kooser shows the reader sure signs of the lives they lived and of the things in which they believed. It is a collection that bares reflection for its strange mix of nostalgia and contemplation of the deepest problems of modern life. Sure Signs is Kooser's answer to what turn-of-the-century German sociologist George Simmel described as "the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life." Though personal histories in this collection are subverted by a common history that connects person to person and generation to generation, it remains an exploration of tragedies so heart-rending they could only occur on a personal level.