Delights & Shadows

Delights & Shadows

by Ted Kooser


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556592010
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 408,713
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

As Poet Laureate of the United States, Ted Kooser launched the weekly poetry column "American Life in Poetry," which appears in over 100 newspapers nationwide. He is the author of ten books of poems, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Delights & Shadows. He lives in Nebraska.


Garland, Nebraska

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Ames, Iowa


B.S., Iowa State University, 1962; M.A., University of Nebraska, 1968

Table of Contents

I.Walking on Tiptoe
Walking on Tiptoe5
At the Cancer Clinic7
New Cap10
Cosmetics Department11
The Old People13
In January14
A Rainy Morning15
II.The China Painters
The China Painters21
Ice Cave24
A Jar of Buttons27
Depression Glass29
The Necktie31
Creamed Corn34
Flow Blue China35
Old Cemetery41
A Winter Morning42
III.Bank Fishing for Bluegills
Bank Fishing for Bluegills45
Four Civil War Paintings by Winslow Homer46
Turkey Vultures51
At the County Museum53
Casting Reels55
Praying Hands57
Lobocraspis griseifusa58
Home Medical Dictionary59
In the Hall of Bones60
A Jacquard Shawl61
A Box of Pastels63
Old Lilacs64
The Beaded Purse66
IV.That Was I
That Was I71
Screech Owl73
A Spiral Notebook74
The Early Bird75
On the Road77
A Washing of Hands78
After Years79
Garage Sale80
A Glimpse of the Eternal82
A Happy Birthday84
About the Author87

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Delights & Shadows 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Somewhere in our critical language the word 'simple' gained negative connotations, as though the word should be hyphenated with suffixes like simpleminded, simpleton, etc. Ted Kooser has resurrected the true meaning of that word and uses it with grace and aplomb in his poetry and his prominence in the arena of American Poets (he is the Poet Laureate of the United States) proves that his creative decision has been correct.DELIGHTS & SHADOWS is a brilliant collection of his recent poems and for those unfamiliar with Kooser's writing, this small book is an excellent starting point. Kooser takes the most mundane 'simple' topics, observes them, mulls them like brewing a pot of tea and then serves them back to us in the quietest, leanest way, a manner that causes pause. And if ever a poet defined his reason in a word for writing, 'pause' would be high on the list.He can be gut wrenchingly poignant as in FATHER 'Today you would be ninety-seven/if you had lived, and we would all be/miserable, you and your children,/driving from the clinic..........I miss you every day - the heartbeat/under your necktie, the hand cupped/on the back of my neck, Old Spice/in the air, your voice delighted with stories./On this day each year you loved to relate/that at the moment of your birth/your mother glanced out the window/and saw lilacs in bloom. Well, today/lilacs are blooming in side yards/all over Iowa, still welcoming you.' No lovelier eulogy could be imagined from a son for his father.Kooser writes of Flow Blue China, cancer clinics, tattoos, starlight, grasshoppers - and so many more of the unnoticed beauties that pry into the cracks of our crowded lives. Reading Ted Kooser is a reorienting experience, one that is a powerful, quiet salve.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love poetry and I can see why this book has won the Pulitzer price. I have enjoyed this piece of work a lot, and I know you will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book of poetry had so much insight into things that we all feel, but do not neccesarily take note of. It is a must-read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ted Kooser writes about the world, the essence of all that we see and feel. He can turn a phrase, unlike most of the poets today who simply fail at blank verse. This is a very accessible collection, readable by those of every circumstance and background.