Weather Central [NOOK Book]

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





"Kooser ...
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Weather Central

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Overview

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





"Kooser ranges over familiar territory, but maturity and full command of his craft now allow him to risk a wider scope, both in subject matter and form. . . . Weather Central forecasts the best of Ted Kooser's poetry: a steady voice, arresting and memorable images, and vigorous play in metaphor that can nourish the human soul." --Southern Humanities Review





"Kooser's 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





Ted Kooser was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939. He 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. His poems have appeared in many magazines including the Antioch Reveiw, the Hudson Review, and the Kenyon Review.
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Editorial Reviews

Ray Olson
As the excellent critic Dana Gioia has remarked ("Can Poetry Matter?" [1992]), Kooser is a popular poet in the sense that he speaks of nonliterary experience in nonliterary language. You don't have to know literature or literary manners to get a lot out of his poetry; it's not highfalutin. Because he writes of such ordinary things as noticing the weather, suddenly remembering one's own past, and imaginatively projecting our human consciousness into other creatures and even things (see "A Heart of Gold," the "protagonist" of which is a bottle of beer), he runs the risk of sentimentality, of letting emotion overpower reason and observable reality. But sentimentality rarely gets the better of him, and to anyone familiar with the great, regular middle of North America--Kooser was born in Iowa but lives in Nebraska--the scenes and actions in his poetry (especially the way that, in several poems, light--the quintessential physical reality on the plains--is a virtually corporeal actor) will seem, to paraphrase Pope, things often seen but ne'er so well observed.
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"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."
--Northeast

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822979289
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/1994
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 728,627
  • File size: 911 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:
      1939
    2. Place of Birth:
      Ames, Iowa
    1. Education:
      B.S., Iowa State University, 1962; M.A., University of Nebraska, 1968

Table of Contents


Contents

Etude


1

In Late Spring


A Finding


A Hatch of Flies


An Elegy


Snakeskin


Poem Before Breakfast


Fireflies


The Time of Their Lives


A Letter in October



2

Lincoln, Nebraska


A Heart of Gold


Oceans of Fun


The Little Hats


Four Secretaries


A Blind Woman


Chocolate Checkers


Night Class


Shoes


A Deck of Pornographic Playing Cards


Baseball


Skywalk


Yevtushenko


In Passing


A Poetry Reading


City Limits


The Gilbert Stuart Portrait of Washington



3

Site


Ditch-burning in February


An Abandoned Stone Schoolhouse in the Nebraska Sandhills


Pasture Trees


The Lost Forge


Home Storage Barns


Surveyors



4

A Stoneware Crock


Aunt Mildred


Some Kinds of Love


A Ghost Story


Another Story


In a Kitchen Garden


Nocturne



5

Five Finger Exercise


Barn Owl


An Epiphany


Peeling a Potato


The Mouse in the Piano


Spider Eggs


A Statue of the Unknown Soldier


Stream Bed



6

A Sound in the Night


For Jeff


Sparklers


Old Dog in March


The Back Door


The Great Grandparents


A Good-bye Handshake


The Sweeper



7

Weather Central


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