Today's poem is "Dead Bat"
from Splitting an Order

Copper Canyon Press

Ted Kooser's Splitting an Order is his thirteenth full-length collection of poems, coincides with his seventy-fifth birthday. In 2004 he was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate and served two terms. His 2004 collection of poems from Copper Canyon Press, Delights & Shadows, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Kooser is Presidential Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives on an acreage near Garland, Nebraska, with his wife, Kathleen Rutledge. He has a son, Jeff, and two granddaughters, Margaret and Penelope.

Other poems by Ted Kooser in Verse Daily:
June 21, 2009:   "The Child and the Parent" "A bird's cry cracks  The child has torn off the front of the parent...."
March 21, 2005:  "First Snow," "Spring Plowing," and "Porch Swing in September" ""The old black dog comes in one evening..."
January 31, 2005:  "Heat Lightning" "At the horizon, July in heavy boots..."
December 15, 2004:  "Nestling Robins" "In the crabapple tree by the side porch..."
May 25, 2004:  "Student" "The green shell of his backpack makes him lean..."
May 10, 2004:  "Walking on Tiptoe" "Long ago we quit lifting our heels..."
April 20, 2003:  "While my bowl is still half full..." (with Jim Harrison) "you can eat out of it too..."
July 29, 2002:  "Coyotes" "My pup steps to the edge / of the light..."

Books by Ted Kooser:

Other poems on the web by Ted Kooser:
Twenty-six poems
Five poems
Three poems
Thirty-six poems

Ted Kooser's Website.

Ted Kooser According to Wikipedia.

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