Like a flash of lightning it came to himathe unathletic high school student Ted Kooser saw a future as a famous poet that promised everything: glory, immortality, a bohemian lifestyle (no more doing dishes, no more cleaning his room), and, particularly important to the lonely teenager, girls! Unlike most kids with a sudden ambition, Kooser, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and thirteenth poet laureate of the United States, made good on his dream. But glory was a long time coming, and along the way Kooser lived the life that has made his poetry what it is, as deeply grounded in family, work, and the natural world as it is attuned to the nuances of language. Just as so much of Kooseras own writing weaves geography, history, and family stories into its measures, so does this first critical biography consider the poetas work and life together: his upbringing in Iowa, his studies in Nebraska with poet Karl Shapiro as mentor, his career in insurance, his family life, his bout with cancer, and, always, his poetry. Combining a fine appreciation of Kooseras work and life, this book finally provides a fuller and more complex picture of a writer who, perhaps more than any other, has brought the Great Plains and the Midwest, lived large and small, into the poetry of our day.... Voices 19 94 Weather Central 19 9 8 journey to a Place of Work JUNE 1, 1998 Diagnosed with tongue cancer FALL 1998 aLights on a Ground of Darkness: An Evocation of a Place and Timea 19 9 9 Riding with Colonel Carter 1999 Retires from Lincoln Benefit Life 2 0 0 ... 2 0 0 5 The Poetry Home Repair Manual APRIL 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Delights (2a#39; Shadows 20 0 5 Flying at Night: Selected Poemsanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Life and Poetry of Ted Kooser|
|Author||:||Mary K. Stillwell|
|Publisher||:||U of Nebraska Press - 2013-09-01|