Flying At Night: Poems 1965-1985 [NOOK Book]


Named U.S. Poet Laureate for 2004-2006, Ted Kooser is one of America's masters of the short metaphorical poem. Dana Gioia has remarked that Kooser has written more perfect poems than any poet of his generation.

In Flying at Night: Poems 1965-1985, Kooser has selected poems from two of his earlier works, Sure Signs and One World at a Time (1985). Taken together or read one at a time, these poems clearly show why William Cole, writing in the ...
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Named U.S. Poet Laureate for 2004-2006, Ted Kooser is one of America's masters of the short metaphorical poem. Dana Gioia has remarked that Kooser has written more perfect poems than any poet of his generation.

In Flying at Night: Poems 1965-1985, Kooser has selected poems from two of his earlier works, Sure Signs and One World at a Time (1985). Taken together or read one at a time, these poems clearly show why William Cole, writing in the Saturday Review, called Ted Kooser "a wonderful poet," and why Peter Stitt, writing in the Georgia Review, proclaimed him "a skilled and cunning writer. . . . An authentic 'poet of the American people.'"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822991076
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2005
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 152
  • File size: 687 KB

Meet the Author

Ted Kooser
Ted Kooser was named U.S. Poet Laureate for 2004-2006. He was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939. Kooser was educated in the Ames public schools, at Iowa State University, and the University of Nebraska. His awards include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Stanley Kunitz Prize from Columbia magazine, and the 1981 Society of Midland Authors Award for Poetry for Sure Signs.

Good To Know

Kooser revealed some interesting facts about himself in our interview:

"I wanted to be a writer from the time I was a young man, but realized that I'd have to make a living somehow. I tried high school teaching but was incapable of maintaining discipline in the classroom and the students ran right over me. In 1964, after being tossed out of graduate school because I was a completely undisciplined scholar, I went to work at an "entry level" job in a life insurance company and over twenty five years was gradually elevated to a vice presidency.

During those years I wrote every morning from 5:30 till about 7:00. I never saw myself as an insurance executive, but rather as a writer in need of a paying job."

"I love living in rural America, away from the noise and clamor of the city, and I am completely content to go all week without speaking to anyone but my wife and my dog. My wife, Kathleen Rutledge, is the editor of the Lincoln Journal Star, the daily newspaper in Lincoln, Nebraska, and she helps keep me up on the news. I rarely leave home unless I can't find a good excuse not to go.

I write and paint and do chores around the farm, and am immensely thankful for every new day."

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    1. Hometown:
      Garland, Nebraska
    1. Date of Birth:
    2. Place of Birth:
      Ames, Iowa
    1. Education:
      B.S., Iowa State University, 1962; M.A., University of Nebraska, 1968

Table of Contents

<Kooser, contents>
<p vii, no folio / p viii, cont'd or blank>
Sure Signs
Selecting a Reader 000
First Snow 000
An Old Photograph 000
The Constellation Orion 000
The Salesman 000
Old Soldiers' Home 000
Self-Portrait at Thirty-Nine 000
Christmas Eve 000
Visiting Mountains 000
The Leaky Faucet 000
A Frozen Stream 000
Living near the Rehabilitation Home 000
Late February 000
A Drive in the Country 000
Spring Plowing 000
Sitting All Evening Alone in the Kitchen 000
Sure Signs 000
A Summer Night 000
In a Country Cemetery in Iowa 000
The Man with the Hearing Aid 000
The Very Old 000
Walking Beside a Creek 000
Book Club 000
At the End of the Weekend 000
Uncle Adler 000
In the Corners of Fields 000
How to Make Rhubarb Wine 000
Late Lights in Minnesota 000
The Afterlife 000
A Widow 000
So This Is Nebraska 000
Fort Robinson 000
How to Foretell a Change in the Weather 000
Snow Fence 000
In an Old Apple Orchard 000
An Empty Place 000
After the Funeral: Cleaning Out the Medicine Cabinet 000
The Grandfather Cap 000
Shooting a Farmhouse 000
Beer Bottle 000
Sleeping Cat 000
North of Alliance 000
Late September 000
Carrie 000
For a Friend 000
Grandfather 000
Looking for You, Barbara 000
Pocket Poem 000
Moles 000
Notes on the Death of Nels Paulssen, Farmer, at the Ripe Old Age of 93 000
Advice 000
After My Grandmother's Funeral 000
A Hot Night in Wheat Country 000
Five P.M. 000
Abandoned Farmhouse 000
The Blind Always Come as Such a Surprise 000
Furnace 000
West Window 000
Boarding House 000
A Letter from Aunt Belle 000
At the Bait Stand 000
The Tattooed Lady 000
A Death at the Office 000
There Is Always a Little Wind 000
The Widow Lester 000
Houses at the Edge of Town 000
The Old Woman 000
A Place in Kansas 000
Tom Ball's Barn 000
My Grandfather Dying 000
The Red Wing Church 000
Highway 30 000
Birthday 000
The Failed Suicide 000
The Goldfish Floats to the Top of His Life 000
They Had Torn Off My Face at the Office 000
Year's End 000
New Year's Day 000
Walking to Work 000
Sunday Morning 000
One World at a Time
Flying at Night 000
A Fencerow in Early March 000
Just Now 000
A Birthday Card 000
In the Basement of the Goodwill Store 000
Camera 000
A Room in the Past 000
In January, 1962 000
Tillage Marks 000
A Child's Grave Marker 000
Father 000
At Midnight 000
Central 000
The Fan in the Window 000
Myrtle 000
Daddy Longlegs 000
Good-bye 000
The Giant Slide 000
A Roadside Shrine in Kansas 000
Decoration Day 000
A Monday in May 000
A Buffalo Skull 000
Laundry 000
The Mouse 000
Ladder 000
Walking at Noon Near the Burlington Depot in Lincoln, Nebraska 000
A Patch of Sunlight 000
Carp 000
At the Center 000
A Sunset 000
The Ride 000
At Nightfall 000
At the Office Early 000
Cleaning a Bass 000
An Empty Shotgun Shell 000
A Quarter Moon Just Before Dawn 000
A Letter 000
Latvian Neighborhood 000
The Voyager II Satellite 000
The Witness 000
As the President Spoke 000
The Pitch 000
The Sigh 000
The Onion Woman 000
Hobo Jungle 000
An August Night 000
The Urine Specimen 000
Geronimo's Mirror 000
Porch Swing in September 000
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