Delights & Shadows

Delights & Shadows

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry Ted Kooser, who served as United States Poet Laureate (2004a€“2006), is a poet who works toward clarity and accessibility, so that each distinctive poem appears to be as fresh and bright and spontaneous as a good watercolor painting. He is a haiku-like imagist who imbues his poems with qtender wisdom, a€ and draws inspiration from the overlooked details of daily life. Praise for Delights and Shadows: qTed Kooser...has a genius for making the ordinary€”The New York Times qA sense of wonder and compassion runs through this Pulitzer Prize winning volumea€b Kooser's poetry is understated yet manages to skillfully illuminate the small moments of€”Christian Science Monitor q[Kooser] brushes poems over ordinary objects, revealing metaphysical themes that way an investigator dusts for fingerprints. His language is so controlled and convincing that one can't help but feel significant truths behind his€”The Philadelphia Inquirer qThere is a sense of quiet amazement at the core of all Kooser's work, but it especially seems to animate his new collection of poems, Delights a Shadows. Every delight is shadowed by darkness in this book of small wonders and hard€”Edward Hirsch, The Washington Post qDelights and Shadows is a book with a deep stillness at its center, perfectly€”Carol Muske-Dukes, Los Angeles Times qKooser's ninth collection of poems reflects the simple and remarkable things of everyday life. That he often sees things we do not would be delight enough, but more amazing is exactly what he sees. Nothing escapes him; everything is illuminateda€b.Highly€”Library Journal qFew poets depict the Midwest so accurately or with such tender regard... Kooser excels at the brief, imagistic€”The Kansas City Star qDelights and Shadows raises the voice of the poet above everything else. Each short, vivid poem on the page reads as if it were being spoken aloud. Details about cemeteries, dictionaries, a doctor's waiting room, and a jar of buttons bristle with sound and awareness. Kooser's ability to use brief lyrics to compose a music of discovery and regeneration makes his work radiant and consuming... This is not an extended, complex or experimental kind of writing, but poetry that rings true, allowing the human sound of being to exist on the€”Bloomsbury Review qHere is the gift and fragility of€”The Wichita Eagle qKooser is a master of the subjective description. Empathetic without sentimentality, his eye ranges over all sorts of everyday subjects and finds material everywherea€b wherever the unpredictable particularity of the world can be glimpseda€b Perhaps Koosera€™s success lies in his determination to see thea€b things of this world with such clarity and passion that their underlying mysteries, delights, and shadows also become clear, if only for a€”The Georgia Review qYou can almost see Kooser behind the poems, watching the world like a sketch artista€b Kooser displays the same kind of fluid strokes Degas used in his ballet pictures...He is an exquisite miniaturist of daily€”The Hartford Courant qThe poet finds magic in activities and objects typically considered mundane... Metaphors are the treasure of these short, imagistic poems, emphasizing the wonder and delight latent in what is often merely taken for€”Harvard Review qKooser has written more perfect poems than any poet of his generation.q a€”Dana Gioia qKooser is straightforward, possesses an American essence, is humble, gritty, ironic and has a gift for detail and a deceptive€”Seattle Post-Intelligencer As Poet Laureate of the United States, Ted Kooser launched the weekly poetry column qAmerican Life in Poetry, q which appears in over 100 newspapers nationwide. He is the author of ten books of poems, including the collaboration with Jim Harrison, Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry (isbn 9781556591877).This is not an extended, complex or experimental kind of writing, but poetry that rings true, allowing the human sound of being to exist on the page.aquot;a€”Bloomsbury Review aquot;Here is the gift and fragility of life.aquot;a€”The Wichita Eagle aquot;Kooser ...

Title:Delights & Shadows
Author:Ted Kooser
Publisher:Copper Canyon Press - 2012-12-04


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