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By Ted Kooser

Publish yr note: First released January 1st 2004

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

"Kooser records the dignities, behavior and small griefs of lifestyle, our starvation for connection, our fight to discover balance."—Poetry

"[Kooser] brushes poems over usual gadgets, revealing metaphysical subject matters that manner an investigator dusts for fingerprints. His language is so managed and convincing that one can't aid yet consider major truths in the back of his lines." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Delights & Shadows increases the voice of the poet above every little thing else. every one brief, brilliant poem at the web page reads as though it have been being spoken aloud. information about cemeteries, dictionaries, a doctor's ready room, and a jar of buttons bristle with sound and wisdom. Kooser's skill to exploit short lyrics to compose a tune of discovery and regeneration makes his paintings radiant and consuming." —Bloomsbury Review

[bTed Kooser[/b] is a grasp of metaphor, a poet who deftly connects disparate parts of the area and communicates with absolute precision. Critics name him a "haiku-like imagist" and his poems were in comparison to Chekov's brief tales. In Delights and Shadows, Kooser attracts notion from the missed information of way of life. Quotidian items like a pegboard, creamed corn and a forgotten salesman's trophy aid show the outstanding in what earlier than used to be a only traditional world.

Ted Kooser is the writer of 8 collections of poems and a prose memoir. He lives on a small farm in rural Nebraska.

Literary Awards
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2005)

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Fifty one Pegboard it's been rigorously painted with the outlines of instruments to teach us which belongs the place, auger and drawknife, claw hammer and crosscut observed, just like the outlines of palms at the partitions of historical caves in France, painted with soot combined with spit 10000 years in the past within the faltering firelight of time, palms borrowed to paintings at the international and not back. fifty two At the County Museum Blacker than black, the lacquered horse-drawn hearse, dancing with stars from the overhead lighting, has clattered to a cease, yet its waxy panels are dusted each one morning, as though it'd be summoned again into harness, to be hauled once more in the course of the wake of matched horses, the sweep in their tails, its oak spokes soberly jogging, every one put squarely in entrance of the subsequent alongside pinstriped rims that conscientiously unreeled challenging ruts the wheels may perhaps keep on with domestic. what number occasions needs to a specific thing like this be emptied to seem so empty? Its best like a desk from which 100 years were cleared, and the crumbs brushed away, with nickel vases in any respect 4 corners, set down after a toast of unpolluted plant life has been provided and tired. fifty three And at the board bench the place dozens of drivers jounced yr into yr, clicking their tongues, is a black plush cushion that for every, for a time, helped to melt the nearness of dying. fifty four Casting Reels you discover them at flea markets and backyard revenues, previous South Bends and Pfluegers, with fancy engraving, knurled knobs and pearl handles, spooled with the fraying line of lengthy tales tousled into silence, not only exaggerated stories of walleyes, bass, and catfish, yet of hardworking males who on Saturdays sought out the solace of lakes, who on weekdays at desks, or status on ladders, or subsequent to clattering machines performed out their early life and power ready to set the hook, after which, of their sixties, felt the road cross slack and reeled the years again empty. they're those who bought away. fifty five Horse In its stall stands the nineteenth century, its disguise a scorching shudder of satin, head stony and willful, a watch brown as a river and watchful: a sentry far sooner than a difficult, soiled military of hooves. fifty six Praying arms there's at the least one pair in each thrift store in the USA, molded in plastic or plaster of paris and fixed to a plaque, or revealed in church-pamphlet shades and framed below glass. this day I observed a couple produced from light-weight twine stretched over a development of completing nails. this is often the way in which religion is going from door to door, forged out of 1 and welcomed at one other. A butterfly presses its wings like that because it rests among plant life. fifty seven Lobocraspis griseifusa this can be the tiny moth who lives on tears, who beverages like a deer on the glowing pool on the fringe of the sleeper’s eye, the contact of its mouth as gentle as a cloud’s mirrored image. on your dream, a moonlit determine seems to be at your bedside and touches your face. He asks if he may percentage the negative bread of your sorrow. You exhibit him the desk. the 2 of you speak lengthy into the evening, yet via morning the phrases are forgotten.

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