Splitting an Order

Splitting an Order

by Ted Kooser


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ISBN-13: 9781556594700
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 102
Sales rank: 1,240,887
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ted Kooser: Ted Kooser is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including Delights and Shadows (Copper Canyon), which won the Pulitzer Prize. A former U.S. Poet Laureate, Kooser is one of America's best-selling poets and serves as editor for "American Life in Poetry," a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column.


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


Two Men on an Errand 5

110th Birthday 7

Near a Mall 8

Splitting an Order 9

An Incident 10

Bad News 11

Swinging from Parents 12

Potatoes 13

At Arby's, at Noon 14

A Meeting after Many Years 15

The Rollerblader 16

In a Gift Shop 17

Changing Drivers 19

Snapshot 20

Two 21

While We Were Passing 22

Gabardine 24

The Woman Whose Husband Was Dying 25


Estate Sale 29

Opossum 37

Backyard Fish Pool 38

A Visitant at Five A.M. 39

A Jonathan in Spring 40

Dead Bat 41

Sundial 42

Birdhouse 43

Tree Frog 44

Lantern 45

Dead Fly 46

Garrison, Nebraska 47

A Mouse in a Trap 48

A Wasp's Nest 49

Tree Removal 50

Barn Swallows 51

Zinc Lid 52


At a Kitchen Table 55

A Morning in Early Spring 56

Closing the Windows 60

The Past 61

Sleep Apnea 62

First Marriage 63

Grandfather 64

Howard 65

Deep Winter 66

New Moon 67

Hands in the Wind 68

Spanish Lessons 69

Painting the Barn 70

Those Summer Evenings 71

Awakening 72

A Person of Limited Palette 73


Small Rooms in Time 77

Right Hand 84

About the Author 87

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Splitting an Order 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I discovered poetry late in life and am glad that Ted Kooser was one of the poets that I discovered. I've read nearly all of Ted's collections and have enjoyed every one of them. Splitting an Order was no different. It's been said that a poet's gears begin to slip a little the older he/she gets. Not so with Kooser. Guy is still writing great poetry. Also recommended: "Jenna's Flaw" by Lee Tasey (Nebraska author)
searcher_10 More than 1 year ago
Ted Kooser and Mary Oliver are my favorite poets. Both write seemingly simple verse that gets richer and richer each time they are read