College & Community Relations

Former U.S. Poet Laureate to visit Loveland

Submitted on: 09-06-2007

Take an insurance man from rural Nebraska, throw in a Pulitzer Prize, top it off with America’s highest literary accolade, and you’ve concocted Ted Kooser, 2004-2006 U.S. Poet Laureate and ongoing literary light of American poetry. Kooser, the second U.S Poet Laureate brought to Loveland over the past two years (preceded by Billy Collins), will present a reading of his work September 22, 7:30 p.m., Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 students/children. The Poet Laureate Committee of Loveland will sponsor “Poetry at the Rialto: Ted Kooser, United States Poet Laureate 2004-2006.” The event is open to the public. “Our mission is to support poetry as part of the cultural experiences we offer the community,” said Susan Ison, member of the committee. “The literary arts make an important contribution to understanding our culture.” Kooser’s visit also will include a brief talk, “Out of the Ordinary,” Saturday at 2:00 p.m., at the Loveland Museum & Gallery, Foote Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public, but because space is limited, reservations are required. Call the Loveland Museum & Gallery front desk at 970-962-2410. Ted Kooser is the first U.S. Poet Laureate chosen from the Great Plains and his poems are known for their clear surfaces, their engaging metaphors, their subtle wit, and their ability to illuminate the ordinary elements of daily life. As in this poem, where with a few ordinary words, Kooser evocatively and wittily identifies the sort of reader he seeks. Selecting A Reader First, I would have her be beautiful, and walking carefully up on my poetry at the loneliest moment of an afternoon, her hair still damp at the neck from washing it. She should be wearing a raincoat, an old one, dirty from not having money enough for the cleaners. She will take out her glasses, and there in the bookstore, she will thumb over my poems, then put the book back up on its shelf. She will say to herself, "For that kind of money, I can get my raincoat cleaned." And she will. Kooser’s plainness and straight-forward delivery is hospitable to the ordinary reader, but this belies the depth and sharpness of message his poems also contain. Kooser is the author of the author of a number of books of poetry. The most recent collection is Flying at Night (University of Pittsburgh Press 2005). Delights & Shadows (Copper Canyon 2004) won the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry (Copper Canyon, 2003) written with fellow poet and longtime friend, Jim Harrison; Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison (2000), and The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets (University of Nebraska Press, 2005). For more information: City of Loveland Museum/Gallery, 970-962-2410 Information and ticket purchasing online at the Rialto Theater homepage

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