Today's poem is "Student"
from Delights & Shadows

Copper Canyon Press

Ted Kooser is a retired life insurance executive who lives on acreage near the village of Garland, Nebraska, with his wife, Kathleen Rutledge. He has an appointment as Visiting Professor at the University of Nebraska, where he teaches classes in poetry and nonfiction writing. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Hudson Review, Antioch Review, Kenyon Review and dozens of other literary journals. His memoir, Local Wonders; Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, a Barnes & Noble Discover finalist in nonfiction, also won The 2002 Friends of American Writers Award and Foreword Magazineís Gold Medal recognition for autobiographical writing. He has won the Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest, the Kunitz Prize from Columbia, the Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah, as well as two National Endowment writing fellowships. He is the author of eight full-length collections of poetry, nine chapbooks and special editions, and Braided Creek, a collaboration with Jim Harrison, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2003.

About Delights & Shadows:

"Kooser's ninth collection of poems reflects the simple and remarkable t hings of everyday life. That he often sees things we do not would be elight enough, but more amazing is exactly what he sees. Nothing escapes him; everything is illuminated. There is much to celebreate in these small-town poems about small-town people and a reminder to all of us how America's voice and warm wisdom resonate from the middle. Highly recommended."
Library Journal

Other poems by Ted Kooser Verse Daily:

May 10, 2004:  "Walking on Tiptoe"   "Long ago we quit lifting our heels..."
April 20, 2003:  "While my bowl is still half full..."   "you can eat out of it too..."
July 29, 2002:  "Coyotes"   "My pup steps to the edge / of the light..."

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