Ted Kooser is the the 2004-2006 Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. American Life in Poetry is a free weekly column for newspapers and online publications featuring a poem by a contemporary American poet and a brief introduction to the poem by Kooser.
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This touching poem by Dan Gerber, who lives in California, captures the memory of a father’s advice, but beneath the practical surface of that advice we can sense a great...
I once wrote a not-so-very-good poem called “Picking Up After the Dead,” about the putting-in-order we feel compelled to do when a family member has passed on.
Our sense of smell is, as you know, not nearly as good as that of our dogs, but it can still affect us powerfully.
By Ted Kooser Former U.S. Poet Laureate One of the most distinctive sounds in small-town America is the chiming of horseshoe pitching. A friend always carries a pair in the...
Here’s a splendid poem by James Doyle, who lives in Colorado, about the way children make up mythic selves that will in some way serve them in life.
Laura Dimmit is from Joplin, Missouri, and her family survived the fierce tornado of May, 2011.
Mark Sanders, who lives in Texas, is not only a good poet, but he’s an old friend to the poetry of my home ground, working hard as teacher, editor, and...
I’ve recently published a children’s book about a man who is so fussy about his yard that he loses his home, so I was immediately taken by this fine poem...