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The Wheeling Year

A Poet's Field Book

Ted Kooser

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 09/2014
Pages: 88
Subject: Biography and Autobiography
eBook ISBN: 9780803256743

DESCRIPTION

Ted Kooser sees a writer's workbooks as the stepping-stones on which a poet makes his way across the stream of experience toward a poem. Because those wobbly stones are only inches above the quotidian rush, what's jotted there has an immediacy that is intimate and close to life. Kooser, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former U.S. poet laureate, has filled scores of workbooks. The Wheeling Year offers a sequence of contemplative prose observations about nature, place, and time arranged according to the calendar year. Written by one of America's most beloved poets, this book is published in the year in which Kooser turns seventy-five, with sixty years of workbooks stretching behind him.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ted Kooser, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and former U.S. poet laureate, is Presidential Professor of the University of Nebraska. He is the author of twelve books of poetry, including The Blizzard Voices (Nebraska, 2006) and Valentines (Nebraska, 2008) and several books of prose, including The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, and Lights on a Ground of Darkness: An Evocation of a Place and Time, all available in Bison Books editions.

REVIEWS

"[Kooser's] poems and this book of prose have arrived at just the right time, when we all need the reminder to lay down our phones, tablets and laptops-whatever keeps us from looking out the window or meeting the eyes of a passerby-and notice the actual world."—James Crews, Basalt

"Kooser is a shining example of Nebraska as the "Good Life.""—Michael Rea, Schuyler Sun

Praise for Ted Kooser's Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps   "Kooser is a poet by nature, and his essays have the generous feel of a man who's rolled up his sleeves, pen in hand, for a long time, choosing words as an act of beauty, and knowing the small things of the world are of great import."—Bloomsbury Review   "A quietly eloquent diary of a year in a small town in Nebraska. . . . This is a heartfelt plainspoken book about slowing down and appreciating the world around you."—Janet Maslin on CBS News Sunday Morning   "Clear, generous, and imaginative, Local Wonders increases the sum of the world's best goods."—Patrice Koelsch, Speakeasy   "Through his eyes we learn to see, then appreciate, the beauty and grace in everyday miracles, the comfort and sanctity in local wonders."—Booklist

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