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Lights on a Ground of Darkness: An Evocation of a Place and Time

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Like the yellow, pink, and blue irises that had been transplanted from house to house over the years, the stories of poet Ted Koosers family had been handed down until, as his mother lay ill and dying, he felt an urgency to write them down. With a poets eye for detail, Kooser captures the beauty of the landscape and the vibrancy of his mothers Iowa family, the Mosers, in precise, evocative language.
 
The center of the familys love is Koosers uncle, Elvy, a victim of cerebral palsy. Elvys joys are fishing, playing pinochle, and drinking soda from the ice chest at his fathers roadside Standard Oil station. Koosers grandparents, their kin, and the activities and pleasures of this extended family spin out and around the armature of Elvys blessed life.
 
Kooser has said that writing this book was the most important work he has ever undertaken because it was his attempt to keep these beloved people alive against the relentless erosion of time.

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The stories of poet Kooser's family had been handed down orally until, as his mother lay ill and dying, he felt an urgency to write them down. With a poet's eye for detail, the author captures the beauty of the landscape and the vibrancy of his mother's Iowa family.

About the Author

Ted Kooser, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and former U.S. poet laureate, is Presidential Professor of the University of Nebraska. He is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Valentines (Nebraska 2008) and The Blizzard Voices (available in a Bison Books edition). His award-winning prose book, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, is also available in a Bison Books edition.

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ISBN:
9780803226425
Author:
Kooser, Ted
Publisher:
Bison Books
Subject:
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Iowa Social life and customs.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 photographs
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
8 x 4.5 in 0.2 lb

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