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The Midwest Quarterly back issues
Critics and Gyros
June 22, 2005... In the Valentine's Day version of the comic strip, "The Born Loser," the poor well-meaning soul presents his wife a "Whitman's Sampler" of Walt's best work. Not a bad idea, except she really wanted a box of chocolates. WARNING: This is not to suggest that Poet Laureate Ted Kooser should be...
Tuesdays with Ted
June 22, 2005... In the fall of 2002 I was no longer working full-time so I enrolled in Ted Kooser's graduate poetry class at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I'd known Ted for years and admired his writing; this was my chance to learn what the master had to say. I wasn't an English major but had taken a...
To Ted, from Two Cow
June 22, 2005... Sometime near the end of the 1970's, when his wonderfully named Windflower Press was perhaps in its most active period, Ted Kooser sent me one of his famous picture postcards--a copy of an antique print of a westward moving wagon train on one side and on the other a brief announcement in Ted's...
A Tribute to Ted Kooser: An Interview with Ted Kooser
June 22, 2005... TMQ: How would you say your parents influenced your becoming a poet? Kooser: My father was a storekeeper, loved the public, and was a marvelous storyteller. I remember a woman once said to me that she'd rather hear my dad describe a person than see the person herself. He had an interest in...
Ted Kooser.(Brief Article)
June 22, 2005... Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Recipient of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry PRESCRIPTION: Adore the first sparrow sighted in a new day, for both are quietly spectacular. --David Ray Driving to Garland on a January Morning A gust of wind brushes blackbirds off...