Sunday, January 23, 2005

Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate of U.S.: An Article of Interest

NOB HILL--I discovered a great article on Poet Laureate Ted Kooser written by John Mark Eberhart for the Kansas City Star. It details his fight with cancer as well as describing his attitude towards poetry, which is that poetry is meant to be understood and felt...not solved. This is in contrast, as Mr. Eberhart correctly states, to what many of us experienced in college studying The Waste Land.

The article concludes with Kooser's poem "Selecting a Reader." This is a very interesting article and well worth taking the time to read it. I would be excited to see Kooser come to Albuquerque this year for a reading. Maybe we could find someone to put it on.

1 comment:

mjh said...

j_m- Thanks for bringing my attention back to Kooser; I just spent some time re-reading a few of his poems online.

In the process, I ran across this: "Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets" (University of Nebraska Press, $19.95) is due in February.

And, a site to return to: http://www.poemhunter.com/

peace, mjh