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. Long admired and praised by other poets, Kooser is also accesible to the reader not familiar with contemporary poetry.
About the Author
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.
Date of Birth:1939
Place of Birth:Ames, Iowa
Education:B.S., Iowa State University, 1962; M.A., University of Nebraska, 1968
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm 32 and got into poetry late in life, probably because I didn't know what the heck a poem was or how, assuming the poem was even intelligible, it could change your life. But all that changed when I discovered Sure Signs. What I like about Mr. Kooser's poems is that I can actually understand them. I was suprised to read a poet this readable, a poet who helped me to see the small, beautiful things in life, and, perhaps most of all, drove me to the library where I checked out more volumes of poetry. What amazed me is how Mr. Kooser can put the profound into very simple words. I can say that after reading these poems, and others like them, I am a better human being than I was before I started reading poetry. This wouldn't be the case if I hadn't found a poet I could finally understand. I'll never read "academic" poetry again. Also recommended: "Jenna's Flaw" by Lee Tasey