By Ted Kooser
Publish yr note: First released January 1st 2004
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
"Kooser records the dignities, conduct and small griefs of way of life, our starvation for connection, our fight to discover balance."—Poetry
"[Kooser] brushes poems over traditional items, revealing metaphysical subject matters that approach an investigator dusts for fingerprints. His language is so managed and convincing that one can't support yet suppose major truths at 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 knowledge. Kooser's skill to take advantage of 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 suggestion from the ignored information of lifestyle. Quotidian items like a pegboard, creamed corn and a forgotten salesman's trophy aid demonstrate the striking in what ahead of used to be a basically usual world.
Ted Kooser is the writer of 8 collections of poems and a prose memoir. He lives on a small farm in rural Nebraska.
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2005)
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A butterfly presses its wings like that as it rests between flowers. 57 Lobocraspis griseifusa This is the tiny moth who lives on tears, who drinks like a deer at the gleaming pool at the edge of the sleeper’s eye, the touch of its mouth as light as a cloud’s reflection. In your dream, a moonlit figure appears at your bedside and touches your face. He asks if he might share the poor bread of your sorrow. You show him the table. The two of you talk long into the night, but by morning the words are forgotten.
60 A Jacquard Shawl A pattern of curly acanthus leaves, and woven into one corner in blue block letters half an inch tall: made from wool from sheep killed by dogs. 1778. As it is with jacquards, the design reverses to gray on blue when you turn it over, and the words run backward into the past. The rest of the story lies somewhere between one side and the other, woven into the plane where the colors reverse: the circling dogs, the terrified sheep, the meadow stippled with blood, and the weaver by lamplight feeding what wool she was able to save into the faintly bleating, barking loom.
Against this stillness, only a kettle’s whisper, and against the starry cold, one small blue ring of flame. 42 iii. bank fishing for bluegills Bank Fishing for Bluegills A breeze nudges the empty aluminum boat as it drifts at the end of its rope, its lightness wallowing within it like a fat man who has fished all day and fallen asleep and is dreaming of when he was a little boy and weighed no more than a plastic bucket. Years of floating alone, fishing far from the tourist cabins shining like rivets along the water’s edge, have bleached the blue from his overalls and denim shirt.