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.'"
About the Author
Date of Birth:1939
Place of Birth:Ames, Iowa
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> Contents 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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