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Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry

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ISBN13: 9781556591877
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“I think every person needs to own this book.”—Naomi Shihab Nye

Braided Creek contains more than 300 poems exchanged in this longstanding correspondence. Wise, wry, and penetrating, the poems touch upon numerous subjects, from the natural world to the nature of time. Harrison and Kooser decided to remain silent over who wrote which poem, allowing their voices, ideas, and images to swirl and merge into this remarkable suite of lyrics.

Each time I go outside the world

is different. This has happened

all my life.

*

The moon put her hand

over my mouth and told me

to shut up and watch.

*

A nephew rubs the sore feet

of his aunt,

and the rope that lifts us all toward grace

creaks on the pulley.

*

Under the storytellers hat

are many heads, all troubled.

"These little gems prove that less is often more."— Library Journal

"There are poems on the natural world, aging, dying, friendship, love and eros. There is abundant humor... There also is distilled wisdom."— Houston Chronicle

"So what we have here is a small book of finely etched verse by two experienced poets. It is something that many readers will want to carry around with them and dip into on occasion. Braided Creek is a vademecum or field guide for the soul."— Bloomsbury Review

"Both Harrison and Kooser show a 'coming of wisdom with time.' Kooser has been diagnosed with cancer, which may in part account for the intensity of the language and the sweeping philosophical stance of these quiet poems by two gifted men."— Rocky Mountain News

"Here's a book of glorious, intimate tidbits... filled with such small yet expansive moments, perfectly defined."— The Memphis Commercial Appeal

"For those who have ears to hear, infinity hums in the taut lines and compact images of this conversation in poetry. Seamless, poignant and profound, Braided Creek is a book worth listening to time and again."— The Wichita Eagle

"This book is superb... Simple in its language, spare in its style, Braided Creek presents dozens of short poems that resonate with truth, pain and radiance. Grudgingly acknowledging aging and illness, the verses here also clutch tightly to moments of good cheer, of life lived with spirit and grit and determination."— The Kansas City Star

"It's a wonderful, rewarding book."— Philadelphia Inquirer

In 2014, the Academy of American Poets asked each of their Chancellors to name an "essential book" and a "beloved book" and Naomi Shihab Nye's beloved book is Braided Creek: "I also recommend Braided Creek because the poems are so tiny and so succulent, each one a transporting hinge for the mind's happiest refreshing moments. I think every person needs to own this book. It easily brings you back to writing when you have felt far away or confused. It clarifies your spirit. Take a quick dip into the mixed back-and-forth voices of these two masters and delight. I have given more copies of this book away as gifts than any other book. And I know for certain that many people have appreciated it greatly. So, why not everyone?"

Jim Harrison is one of Americas beloved writers. He is best known for a collection of novellas, Legends of the Fall, and the epic novel Dalva. He lives in western Montana and southern Arizona.

Ted Kooser won the Pulitzer prize for his poetry collection Delights and Shadows. He served two terms as U.S. Poet Laureate and lives in Nebraska.

Synopsis:

Two voices of the American landscape create a remarkable suite of lyrics.

Synopsis:

Braided Creek contains more than 300 poems exchanged in this longstanding correspondence. Wise, wry, and penetrating, the poems touch upon numerous subjects, from the natural world to the nature of time. Harrison and Kooser decided to remain silent over who wrote which poem, allowing their voices, ideas, and images to swirl and merge into this remarkable suite of lyrics.

Each time I go outside the world

is different. This has happened

all my life.

*

The moon put her hand

over my mouth and told me

to shut up and watch.

*

A nephew rubs the sore feet

of his aunt,

and the rope that lifts us all toward grace

creaks on the pulley.

*

Under the storyteller’s hat

are many heads, all troubled.

Jim Harrison, one of America’s best-loved writers, is author of two dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, food criticism, and memoir. He is best known for a collection of novellas, Legends of the Fall, and the epic novel Dalva. He lives in western Montana and southern Arizona.

Ted Kooser is the author of eight collections of poetry and a prose memoir. His poetry appears regularly in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Nation. He lives in Nebraska.

About the Author

Jim Harrison is the author of twenty-five books, including Legends of the Fall and Dalva. His work has been translated into two dozen languages and produced as four feature-length films. Mr. Harrison divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona.

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Lori Parker, January 16, 2010 (view all comments by Lori Parker)
Jim Harrison's poems make me see things in ways I think I should have seen them all along. But I can't figure it out for myself. Ted Kooser can bring you fully into a place or feeling with just a few words. Here they are corresponding with each other in short poems. It's wonderful not knowing who wrote which. It's fantastic to be able to pick up the book, look at any page, and find a few lines that change the way you think about something. It's hard to put the book down once you pick it up. Both men celebrate life and make you happy to be alive. Here's one of my favorites:

Waited all day for the moon to rise.
It just happened.
I can't believe my luck.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781556591877
Subtitle:
A Conversation in Poetry
Author:
Harrison, Jim
Author:
Kooser, Ted
Author:
Kooser,
Author:
Ted
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Haiku, American.
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
90
Dimensions:
7 x 5.5 in

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Two voices of the American landscape create a remarkable suite of lyrics.
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Braided Creek contains more than 300 poems exchanged in this longstanding correspondence. Wise, wry, and penetrating, the poems touch upon numerous subjects, from the natural world to the nature of time. Harrison and Kooser decided to remain silent over who wrote which poem, allowing their voices, ideas, and images to swirl and merge into this remarkable suite of lyrics.

Each time I go outside the world

is different. This has happened

all my life.

*

The moon put her hand

over my mouth and told me

to shut up and watch.

*

A nephew rubs the sore feet

of his aunt,

and the rope that lifts us all toward grace

creaks on the pulley.

*

Under the storyteller’s hat

are many heads, all troubled.

Jim Harrison, one of America’s best-loved writers, is author of two dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, food criticism, and memoir. He is best known for a collection of novellas, Legends of the Fall, and the epic novel Dalva. He lives in western Montana and southern Arizona.

Ted Kooser is the author of eight collections of poetry and a prose memoir. His poetry appears regularly in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Nation. He lives in Nebraska.

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