Delights & Shadows

Delights & Shadows

Number of page: 87
Author: Ted Kooser
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Category: Poetry

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry Ted Kooser, who served as United States Poet Laureate (2004-2006), 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

About The Author

As Poet Laureate of the United States, Ted Kooser launched the weekly poetry column "American Life in Poetry," which appears in over 100 newspapers nationwide. He is the author of ten books of poems, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Delights & Shadows. He lives in Nebraska.


  • abbeyharabbeyhar
    LibraryThing Review More like 3.5. Enjoyed the personal poems about his family. Liked the others a whole lot too, individually, but after a while they all sort of seemed thematically the same.
  • Cheryl_in_CC_NVCheryl_in_CC_NV
    LibraryThing Review A little too simple, and I disagree with some of his imagery (he perfectly describes, without naming, a chickadee, but in a poem calling it the Early Bird, with the assumption that it draws the worms
  • JackieCravenJackieCraven
    LibraryThing Review I always enjoyed Ted Kooser in snatches, heard on Writers Almanac and such. So, I plunged into this book with great expectations. But, quickly — after just the first few poems — I felt as though I
  • gcampgcamp
    LibraryThing Review This is undoubtedly some of the best poetry I have ever read! Kooser, a Poet Laureate of the US, in this Pulitzer Prize winning book, does a fantastic job of describing life in the Midwest in his
  • snashsnash
    LibraryThing Review The poems are short, very accessible, thick with visual detail. Most involve an extended metaphor, many extremely clever, fun, and illuminating. If I were reading an anthology of 4 or 5 poets, Kooser
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    Delights & shadows: poems “There are days when the fear of death/ is as ubiquitous as light. It illuminates/ everything.” Kooser’s world is indeed illuminated, though more by an awareness of mortality and the importance of