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Author: KOOSER, TED
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Kooser, Ted    Poet's Biography
107 poems available by this author


A BIRTHDAY CARD    Poem Text    
First Line: In her eighties now, and weak and ill
Subject(s): Aunts; Sickness; Birthdays; Illness


A BLIND WOMAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: She had turned her face up into
Subject(s): Blindness; Visually Handicapped


A BUFFALO SKULL    Poem Text    
First Line: No fine white bone-sheen now
Subject(s): Skulls


A CHILD'S GRAVE MARKER    Poem Text    
First Line: A small block of granite
Subject(s): Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


A DEATH AT THE OFFICE    Poem Text    
First Line: The news goes desk to desk
Subject(s): Death; Office Employees; Dead, The; Clerks


A DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the ditch by the dirt back road
Subject(s): Country Life; Automobile Drivers


A FENCECROW IN EARLY MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The last snowdrifts
Subject(s): Winter; Farm Life; Fences; Agriculture; Farmers


A GHOST STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Her life was plain, her death
Subject(s): Death - Children; Roses; Death - Babies


A GLIMPSE OF THE ETERNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Just now, / a sparrow lighted
Subject(s): Sparrows


A HAPPY BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: This evening, I sat by an open window
Subject(s): Birthdays


A LETTER IN OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Dawn comes later and later now
Subject(s): Autumn; Time; Fall


A PLACE IN KANSAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere in kansas, a friend found
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


A ROOM IN THE PAST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It's a kitchen. Its curtains fill
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


A SPIRAL NOTEBOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: The bright wire rolls like a porpoise
Subject(s): Notebooks


ABANDONED FARMHOUSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He was a big man, says the size of his shoes
Subject(s): Houses, Deserted


AFTER YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Today, from a distance, I saw you
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


AN EMPTY PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is nothing for death
Subject(s): Houses, Deserted


AN EPIPHANY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I have seen the brown recluse spider
Subject(s): Spiders


AT MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere in the night
Last Line: About his shoulders
Subject(s): Thought; Old Age; Sunrise; Mallards; Drakes


AT THE CANCER CLINIC    Poem Text    
First Line: She is being helped toward the open door
Subject(s): Cancer (Disease); Hospitals


AUTO SALVAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: In that muddy junkyard, wrecks were stacked
Subject(s): Junk & Junkyards


BARN OWL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: High in the chaffy
Subject(s): Owls


BEER BOTTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the burned- / out highway
Subject(s): Bottles


BOARDING HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The blind man draws his curtains for the night
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


CAMERA    Poem Text    
First Line: It's an old box camera / a brownie, the color and shape
Last Line: This little battery without a spark
Subject(s): Cameras; Poetry & Poets


CARRIE    Poem Text    
First Line: There's never an end to dust
Subject(s): Dust


CASTING REELS    Poem Text    
First Line: You find them at flea markets
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


CENTRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: As fine a piece of furniture / as any steinway, all oak
Last Line: Hello? Is there anyone there?
Subject(s): Telephones


CHRISTMAS MAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Cards in each mailbox
Subject(s): Christmas Cards


CITY LIMITS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Here on the west edge, the town turned its back on the west
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel; West (U.s.); Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips; Southwest; Pacific States


DADDY LONGLEGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, on fine long legs springy as steel
Subject(s): Spiders


DECEMBER .30    Poem Text    
First Line: Two degrees and clear
Last Line: Their leafy, breezy dreams of home
Subject(s): Two Degrees And Clea


DEPRESSION GLASS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It seemed those rose-pink dishes
Subject(s): Dishes


DISHWATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Slap of the screen door, flat knock
Subject(s): Grandparents; Farm Life; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Agriculture; Farmers


ETUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been watching a great blue heron
Subject(s): Herons


FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: You spent fifty-five years
Subject(s): Fathers; Retail Trade; Stores; Shops; Shopkeepers


FIRST SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The old black dog comes in one evening
Subject(s): Snow; Dogs; Country Life


FLYING AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations
Subject(s): Air Travel


FOR YOU, FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: This valentine's day, I intend to stand
Subject(s): Time


FORT ROBINSON    Poem Text    
First Line: When I visited fort robinson
Subject(s): Nature


FOUR CIVIL WAR PAINTINGS BY WINSLOW HOMER       
First Line: Sharpshooter' a union sniper in a tree
Subject(s): Homer, Winslow (1836-1910)


GRASSHOPPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: This year they are exactly the size
Subject(s): Grasshoppers


GREAT PLAINS IN WINTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Great Plains (United States); Winter


HIGHWAY 30    Poem Text    
First Line: At two in the morning, when the moon
Subject(s): Roads; Paths; Trails


HORSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In its stall stands the 19th century
Subject(s): Horses


HORTICULTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: One of my mother's moser uncles
Last Line: Being invited to their house to tasted a little slice of miracle
Subject(s): Horticulture; Iowa


HOW TO FORETELL A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Rain always follows the cattle
Subject(s): Weather


HOW TO MAKE RHUBARB WINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Go to the patch some afternoon / in early summer, fuzzy with beer
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


IN AN OLD APPLE ORCHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind's an old man
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


IN JANUARY, 1962    Poem Text    
First Line: With his hat on the table before him
Last Line: Near the soft gray felt hat on the table
Subject(s): Grandparents; Death; Winter; Country Life; Old Age


IN PASSING    Poem Text    
First Line: From a half block off I see you coming,
Subject(s): Hope; Identity; Memory; Optimism


IN THE ALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: N the alley behind the florist's shop
Subject(s): Refuse And Refuse Removal; Language; Words; Vocabulary


IN THE BASEMENT OF THE GOODWILL STORE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: In musty light, in the thin brown air
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


IN THE CORNERS OF FIELDS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Something is calling to me
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


JANUARY 19TH - STILL THAWING, BREEZY    Poem Text    
First Line: Arthritic and weak, my old dog, hattie
Subject(s): January


JUST NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Just now, if I look back down
Subject(s): Memory


LATE FEBRUARY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The first warm day,
Subject(s): Country Life; Winter


LOBOCRASPIS GRISEIFUSA    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the tiny moth that lives on tears
Subject(s): Moths


MEMORY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Spinning up dust and
Subject(s): Memory; Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Mid april already, and the wild plums
Subject(s): Death - Mothers; Dead, The


MY GRANDFATHER DYING    Poem Text    
First Line: I could see bruises or shadows
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


NEW MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: How much it must bear on its back
Subject(s): Moon


NORTH OF ALLIANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is an empty house; not a stick
Subject(s): Houses, Deserted


OSAGE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Imagine a wood
Subject(s): Osage Wood


POCKET POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: If this comes creased and creased again and soiled
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


POEM BEFORE BREAKFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: A small brown bird flies toward me
Subject(s): Birds; Morning


PORCH SWING IN SEPTEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: The porch swing hangs fixed in a morning sun
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


RIDING THE BUS IN MIDWINTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If a barn could loosen itself
Subject(s): Buses; Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


SCREECH OWL    Poem Text    
First Line: All night each reedy whinny
Subject(s): Owls


SELECTING A READER    Poem Text    
First Line: First, I would have her be beautiful,
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


SKATER    Poem Text    
First Line: She was all in black but for a yellow pony tail
Subject(s): Memory; Skating & Skaters; Sports


SLEEPING CAT; FOR LINDA ULRICH    Poem Text    
First Line: My cat is asleep on his haunches
Last Line: Into the blinding, bright rooms of his eyes
Subject(s): Cats


SNAKESKIN    Poem Text    
First Line: It is only the old yellow shell
Subject(s): Snakes; Time; Serpents; Vipers


SNOW FENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The red fence
Last Line: Much to carry
Subject(s): Fences; Roads


SO THIS IS NEBRASKA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The gravel road rides with a slow gallop
Subject(s): Nebraska


SPLITTING AN ORDER    Poem Text    
First Line: I like to watch an old man cutting a sandwich in half
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Old Age; Man-wiman Relationships


SPRING PLOWING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: West of omaha, the freshly-plowed fields
Subject(s): Nature


STARLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: All night, this soft rain from the distant past


STREAM BED    Poem Text    
First Line: In the poplars
Subject(s): Streams; Toads


STUDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The green shell of his backpack makes him lean
Subject(s): Students


TATTOO    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Tattoos; Old Age


THE BACK DOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The door which through we step out
Subject(s): Past


THE CHINA PAINTERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They have set aside their black tin boxes,
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


THE EARLY BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: Still dark and raining hard
Subject(s): Birds


THE GIANT SLIDE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Beside the highway, the giant slide
Subject(s): Amusement Parks; Transience; Impermanence


THE GOLDFISH FLOATS TO THE TOP OF HIS LIFE    Poem Text    


THE GREAT GRANDPARENTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: As small children, we were taken to meet them.
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


THE MOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: On the floor of a parking garage
Subject(s): Mice; Death - Animals


THE SALESMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Today he's wearing his vinyl shoes
Last Line: Making the jingle of coin with its tags
Subject(s): Salespersons; Selling


THE SIGH    Poem Text    
First Line: You lie in your bed and sigh
Subject(s): Sighs


THE URINE SPECIMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the clinic, a sun-bleached shell of stone
Subject(s): Urinalysis


THE VERY OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The very old are forever
Subject(s): Old Age


THE WITNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The divorce judge has asked for a witness
Subject(s): Trials; Divorce


THERE IS ALWAYS A LITTLE WIND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Country Life; Graveyards


THEY HAD TORN OFF MY FACE AT THE OFFICE    Poem Text    


THIS PAPER BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Carefully placed upon the future,
Subject(s): Messages & Messangers


THOUGHTS ON WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Few long-time city dwellers who move to the country for peace and quiet
Last Line: I was able to accomplish all that in just three hours, and the guys at the firestone didn't get a ce
Subject(s): Winter; Country Life


TILLAGE MARKS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Farm Life; Stones; Agriculture; Farmers; Granite; Rocks


TRACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Using a cobbler's shoe last
Subject(s): Shoes; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


TREEHOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whose kite was this?
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


TURKEY VULTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Circling above us, their wingtips fanned
Subject(s): Vultures


WALKING BESIDE A CREEK    Poem Text    


WALKING ON TIPTOE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Long ago we quit lifting our heels
Subject(s): Animals; Conduct Of Life


WALKING TO WORK    Poem Text    
First Line: Today, it's the obsidian
Subject(s): Walking


YEAR'S END    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the seasons are closing their files
Subject(s): Loss


YEVTUSHENKO    Poem Text    
First Line: Yevtushenko, you came to nebraska
Subject(s): Yevtushenko, Yevgeny (B. 1933)


ZENITH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It was part of her parlour's darkness
Subject(s): Grandparents; World War Ii; Radio; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Second World War