Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems

Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems

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by Ted Kooser
     
 

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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. Long admired and praised by other poets, Kooser is also accesible to the reader not familiar with contemporary poetry.  See more details below

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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. Long admired and praised by other poets, Kooser is also accesible to the reader not familiar with contemporary poetry.

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“Kooser is the master of the short poem.  I found it impossible to put Sure Signs down until I had finished the entire book.  It is a pleasure to read a poet like Kooser whose imagination is naturally metaphorical.”
Hudson Review

“Ted Kooser’s Sure Signs could well become a classic, precisely because so many of the poems are not only excellent but are readily possessible.”
Black Warrior Book Review

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.”

—Karl Shapiro

“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 region—western it is—somewhere poetically between Frost and Williams (he shows us, to our surprise, how close they were).  It is, in short, a volume we can all feel—and we will in the indefinite future—grateful for.”

—Theodore Weiss

“[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.”

—Denise Levertov

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822953135
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
06/28/1980
Series:
Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,107,944
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Garland, Nebraska
Date of Birth:
1939
Place of Birth:
Ames, Iowa
Education:
B.S., Iowa State University, 1962; M.A., University of Nebraska, 1968

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Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 32 and got into poetry late in life, probably because I didn't know what the heck a poem was or how, assuming the poem was even intelligible, it could change your life. But all that changed when I discovered Sure Signs. What I like about Mr. Kooser's poems is that I can actually understand them. I was suprised to read a poet this readable, a poet who helped me to see the small, beautiful things in life, and, perhaps most of all, drove me to the library where I checked out more volumes of poetry. What amazed me is how Mr. Kooser can put the profound into very simple words. I can say that after reading these poems, and others like them, I am a better human being than I was before I started reading poetry. This wouldn't be the case if I hadn't found a poet I could finally understand. I'll never read "academic" poetry again. Also recommended: "Jenna's Flaw" by Lee Tasey
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