|News> Ted Kooser named Poet Laureate of the United States|
Ted Kooser, a Prairie Schooner contributor and a visiting professor in the English Department at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, was named Poet Laureate of the United States this August. The world knows him as the author of ten books of poetry, the most recent of which is Delights and Shadows, available from Copper Canyon Press, and one book of prose, Local Wonders, available from the University of Nebraska Press. Prairie Schooner's editors and staff know Ted Kooser as a gracious colleague, a dedicated teacher, a wise friend, and an extraordinary artist. We couldn't be happier for Ted, or for poetry, which has in him an excellent representative and advocate.
Here are three of Ted's poems from the Summer 1983 issue of Prairie Schooner:
Flying at Night
Above us, stars; beneath us, constellations.
In OctoberSummer has gone out of the trees
and onto the prairie, a train
of bay mules pulling a hayrack of leaves.
I heard the droverís whip whirr out and crack.
Behind, in the jabbering, crow-black woods,
lay winter in her silver coffin.
As the President Spoke
As the president spoke, he raised a finger