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Will one day rank alongside of Edgar Lee Masters, Robert Frost, and William Carlos Williams."--Minneapolis Tribune
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Weather Central, TedKooser's latest book, reinforces his title as poet laureate of Nebraska, whether the governor has gotten around to making the appointment or not. . . .His poems have the beauty and wisdom of something closely tied to the soil. . . .perfect combinations of imagery and music, American Poetry, the real thing."
Bloomsbury Review

"A stunning book. Kooser's very best. Poems of a mature poet whose craft and vision merge in a way seldom seen today."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822955276
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,448,393
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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

Etude 3
In Late Spring 7
A Finding 8
A Hatch of Flies 9
An Elegy 10
Snakeskin 11
Poem Before Breakfast 12
Fireflies 13
The Time of Their Lives 14
A Letter in October 15
Lincoln, Nebraska 19
A Heart of Gold 21
Oceans of Fun 22
The Little Hats 23
Four Secretaries 24
A Blind Woman 25
Chocolate Checkers 26
Night Class 27
Shoes 29
A Deck of Pornographic Playing Cards 30
Baseball 31
Skywalk 32
Yevtushenko 33
In Passing 34
A Poetry Reading 35
City Limits 36
The Gilbert Stuart Portrait of Washington 38
Site 43
Ditch-burning in February 44
An Abandoned Stone Schoolhouse in the Nebraska Sandhills 45
Pasture Trees 46
The Lost Forge 47
Home Storage Barns 48
Surveyors 49
A Stoneware Crock 53
Aunt Mildred 54
Some Kinds of Love 55
A Ghost Story 57
Another Story 58
In a Kitchen Garden 60
Nocturne 61
Five Finger Exercise 65
Barn Owl 66
An Epiphany 67
Peeling a Potato 68
The Mouse in the Piano 69
Spider Eggs 70
A Statue of the Unknown Soldier 71
Stream Bed 73
A Sound in the Night 77
For Jeff 78
Sparklers 79
Old Dog in March 80
The Back Door 81
The Great Grandparents 82
A Good-bye Handshake 83
The Sweeper 84
Weather Central 87
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