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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Our National Treasure, Ted Kooser

Presidential Poet Ted Kooser is one of America's national treasures.  He served two terms as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from October 2004 to May 2006 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book, Delights and Shadows (Copper Canyon Press 2004.)  Poet Kooser's writing weaves deep textures in the fabric of thought. His poem, "In the Corners of Fields," affirms a sense of hope and life.

 


In the Corners of Fields




Something is calling to me

from the corners of fields,

where the leftover fence wire

suns its loose coils, and stones

thrown out of the furrow

zleep in warm litters;

where the grey faces

of old No Hunting signs

mutter into the wind

and dry horse tanks

spout fountains of dry sunflowers;

where a moth

flutters in from the pasture

harrowed by sparrows

and alights on a  post

so sure of its life

that it peacefully opens it wings.


                                    -Ted Kooser









"In the Corners of Fields," from Flying at Night: Poems 1965-1985, by Ted Kooser, C. 2005.  Reprinted by kind permisison of the University of Pittsburgh Press and Presidential Poet Ted Kooser. His Biography is reprinted from American Life in Poetry.