Delights & Shadows, by Ted Kooser was a delight. This was my first introduction to his poety which is very straightforward, yet rich. Rarely does Kooser write unclear poems — but when he includes vague lines, he only includes enough to usher in deep richness. Here are two examples:
- Telescope (see it here)
- Horse (here read by Kooser – along with reads of 14 other of his poems)
- Mother ( find here, with many more)
Below are a few excerpts from other poems in this book to give you taste of some of his treats.
Bank Fishing for Bluegills
His face has the flat gray sheen of a man
with a failing heart, but he is all lightness,
and tethered only gently to this world.
Home Medical Dictionary
…, and where the slow river
of fear that achingly meanders
The China Painters
as if their souls were bees and the world had been nothing but flowers.
A Box of Pastels
I touched the warm dust of those colors, her tools,
and left there with light on the tip of my fingers.
(here it is, read by Kooser with background info — amazing!)