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Book Review: The Poetry Home Repair Manual

The Poetry Home Repair Manual:  Practical Advice For Beginning Poets, by Ted Kooser This particular book was written by poet laureate Ted Kooser for beginning poets, and as someone who has been writing poems for at least a couple of … Continue reading

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We Loved The World But Could Not Stay (After Ted Kooser)

We loved the world but could not stay, Our hearts were not strong enough To keep us tethered to the ground, but Instead we hurried along all our days Unable to pause and root ourselves Further in the earth, and … Continue reading

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Heart Like An Artichoke (After Joseph Hutchison)

O heart weighed down by so many wings It cannot bear to fly, I thought I could help you out By stripping those wings from you Layer by layer, So that you could rise up and soar. But I found … Continue reading

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Book Review: Local Wonders

Local Wonders:  Seasons In The Bohemian Alps, by Ted Kooser This book gave me an odd feeling, and I’m not sure it’s a feeling I like.  When the author was talking about the small towns of the area of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lights On A Ground Of Darkness

Lights On A Ground Of Darkness, by Ted Kooser I must admit I was surprised by this book.  I expected (perhaps not unreasonably) that because the previous books by the author I had read were all books of poetry that … Continue reading

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Book Review: House Held Up By Trees

House Held Up By Trees, by Ted Kooser It is not uncommon for odd poems (or song lyrics) [1] to be turned into full-length illustrated books, and that is exactly what this book is.  Admittedly, this book is a lot … Continue reading

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Book Review: Splitting An Order

Splitting An Order, by Ted Kooser This book is without a doubt one of the finest in the volumes that I have read of Kooser’s poetry.  And this book is a worthwhile reminder of what it takes to make great … Continue reading

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Book Review: Braided Creek

Braided Creek:  A Conversation In Poetry, by Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser Your thoughts on this collection of very short poems will likely depend on two factors:  how low your expectations are about the nature of this conversation in poetry, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Flying At Night

Flying At Night:  Poems 1965-1985, by Ted Kooser This is the second book by the poet I have read, and it serves as a bit of a “best of” compilation, something that is common in poetry [1].  While it is … Continue reading

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