Ted Kooser





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Ted Kooser lives in rural Nebraska with his wife, Kathleen, and three dogs. He is one of America's most noted poets, having served two terms as U. S. Poet Laureate and, during the second term, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection, DELIGHTS & SHADOWS. He is a retired life insurance executive who now teaches part-time at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The school board in Lincoln, Nebraska, recently opened Ted Kooser Elementary School, which Ted says is his greatest honor, among many awards and distinctions. He has published twelve collections of poetry and three nonfiction books. Two of the latter are books on writing, THE POETRY HOME REPAIR MANUAL and WRITING BRAVE AND FREE, and a memoir, LIGHTS ON A GROUND OF ...more

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Delights and Shadows

4.22 avg rating — 2,284 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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The Poetry Home Repair Manu...

4.10 avg rating — 1,276 ratings — published 2005 — 3 editions
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House Held Up by Trees

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Winter Morning Walks: 100 P...

4.49 avg rating — 396 ratings — published 2000
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Local Wonders: Seasons in t...

4.34 avg rating — 414 ratings — published 2002 — 9 editions
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Flying At Night: Poems 1965...

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Valentines

3.95 avg rating — 263 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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Splitting an Order

4.37 avg rating — 219 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Sure Signs: New and Selecte...

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“Valentine's Day is the poet's holiday.”
Ted Kooser

“a happy birthday

this evening, I sat by an open window
and read till the light was gone and the book
was no more than a part of the darkness.
I could easily have switched on a lamp,
but I wanted to ride the day down into night,
to sit alone, and smooth the unreadable page
with the pale gray ghost of my hand”
Ted Kooser

“Considering the ways in which so many of us waste our time, what would be wrong with a world in which everybody were writing poems? After all, there’s a significant service to humanity in spending time doing no harm. While you’re writing your poem, there’s one less scoundrel in the world. And I’d like a world, wouldn’t you, in which people actually took time to think about what they were saying? It would be, I’m certain, a more peaceful, more reasonable place. I don’t think there could ever be too many poets. By writing poetry, even those poems that fail and fail miserably, we honor and affirm life. We say ‘We loved the earth but could not stay.”
Ted Kooser, The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

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