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Publisher Comments:

For Valentineand#8217;s Day 1986, Ted Kooser wrote and#8220;Pocket Poemand#8221; and sent the tender, thoughtful composition to fifty women friends, starting an annual tradition that would persist for the next twenty-one years. Printed on postcards, the poems were mailed to a list of recipients that eventually grew to more than 2,500 women all over the United States. Valentines collects Kooserand#8217;s twenty-two years of Valentineand#8217;s Day poems, complemented with illustrations by Robert Hanna and a new poem appearing for the first time.
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Kooserand#8217;s valentine poems encompass all the facets of the holiday: the traditional hearts and candy, the brilliance and purity of love, the quiet beauty of friendship, and the bittersweetness of longing. Some of the poems use the word valentine, others do not, but there is never any doubt as to the purpose of Kooserand#8217;s creations.

Synopsis:

The first, full-length volume of poems in a decade by former poet laureate of the United States Donald Hall

 

Synopsis:

The first full-length volume of poems in a decade by the former poet laureate of the United States

In The Back Chamber, Donald Hall illuminates the evocative, iconic objects of deep memory—a cowbell, a white stone perfectly round, a three-legged milking stool—that serve to foreground the rich meditations on time and mortality that run through his remarkable new collection. While Halls devoted readers will recognize many of his long-standing preoccupations—baseball, the family farm, love, sex, and friendship—what will strike them as new is the fierce, pitiless poignancy he reveals as his own lifes end comes into view. The Back Chamber is far from being death-haunted, but rather is lively, irreverent, erotic, hilarious, ironic, and sly—full of the life-affirming energy that has made Donald Hall one of Americas most popular and enduring poets.

About the Author

Ted Kooser, Presidential Professor of the University of Nebraska, is former U.S. poet laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.and#160;In addition to his many volumes of poetry, he is the author of The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets and coauthor (with Steve Cox) of Writing Brave and Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing, both available in Bison Books editions.
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Robert Hanna is a retired architect who spends his time painting, illustrating, and teaching art workshops throughout the Great Plains region.

Table of Contents

i. Meatloaf

The Things 3

Loves Progress 4

Showtunes 5

Ruins 6

Conclusion at Union Lake 7

Three Women 9

Nymph and Shepherd 11

Bangers and Mash 12

River 13

Meatloaf 15

The Week 20

Convergences 21

Advent 22

Apples Peaches 23

After the Prom 25

Creative Writing 26

The Pursuit of Poetry 27

ii. Rics Progress

Rics Progress 31

iii. Rocking Chairs Painted Green

The Number 53

Scar Tissue 55

Sleep 56

Closing 57

What We Did 62

Searching 63

The Gardener 64

The Offspring 65

Freezes and Junes 66

The Widowers Cowbell 67

Blue Snow 68

Goosefeathers 69

The Back Chamber 70

Maples 71

The Bone Ring 73

Alterations 74

Pieces 75

Envy 76

“Poetry and Ambition” 77

Green Farmhouse Chairs 78

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803217706
Author:
Kooser, Ted
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Illustrator:
Hanna, Robert
Author:
Hall, Donald
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Valentine's day
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110913
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 drawings
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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The first, full-length volume of poems in a decade by former poet laureate of the United States Donald Hall

 

"Synopsis" by , The first full-length volume of poems in a decade by the former poet laureate of the United States

In The Back Chamber, Donald Hall illuminates the evocative, iconic objects of deep memory—a cowbell, a white stone perfectly round, a three-legged milking stool—that serve to foreground the rich meditations on time and mortality that run through his remarkable new collection. While Halls devoted readers will recognize many of his long-standing preoccupations—baseball, the family farm, love, sex, and friendship—what will strike them as new is the fierce, pitiless poignancy he reveals as his own lifes end comes into view. The Back Chamber is far from being death-haunted, but rather is lively, irreverent, erotic, hilarious, ironic, and sly—full of the life-affirming energy that has made Donald Hall one of Americas most popular and enduring poets.

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