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  • American Tensions

    By William Reichard

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780981559384
    • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
    • Published: April 2011
    Selected contemporary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction confront the myth of a classless democracy, redefine the family, deconstruct American notions of race and patriotism, and uncover conflicting tugs of nature, place, and culture in the American psyche. This anthology brings fresh writers into the company of literary heavyweights Sherman Alexie, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich, Marvin Bell, and Dorothy Allison. Challenging the traditional New Criticism approach to reading, the collection works to re-situate its writers in their social and historical contexts. In so doing, editor William Reichard shows how these authors participate in and shape history. Praise for American Tensions "The best anthologies, like the one you've got in your hands right now, are full of wise, deeply felt writing that one reads with an intimation of eternity, as if one were looking up into the stars... Here in your hand is a generous portion of the best contemporary writing about contemporary issues, about our issues, compiled and present to us with generosity and enthusiasm... This book is a gift made to last."--Ted Kooser, United States Poet Laureate 2004-2006 [from the Foreword] "This is a powerful collection of down-to-earth yet vivid snapshots of American life in places and situations that the myth of the American dream makes us want to ignore. By turn, it is startling, gritty, and haunting. The poems, short stories and excerpts of novels are unsettling--ideal for provoking conversation about the issues of injustice facing our society at this moment in history."--Dr. Cris Toffolo, Chair, Justice Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago "When my friend, the writer and activist Alice Lovelace, shares her wisdom with people contemplating social change work she begins with an admonition: 'Don't even begin to consider this journey unless you are prepared to be changed yourself.' This volume should carry the same warning."--William Cleveland, author, Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World's Frontlines and Between Grace and Fear: The Role of Arts in a Time of Change
  • Bag In the Wind

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $17.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780763630010
    • Publisher: CANDLEWICK PRESS
    • Published: February 2010
    An empty plastic bag is blown by the wind from a garbage landfill and floats into the lives of several unsuspecting townsfolk including a can-collecting girl, a homeless man and a store owner, in a children's book debut by a Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. Poet Laureate.
  • Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781556591877
    • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
    • Published: April 2003
    Presents brief poems originally exchanged by the longtime friends in their letters to each other, exploring such topics as the natural world, aging, and the nature of poetry.
  • House Held Up by Trees

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780763651077
    • Publisher: Candlewick
    • Published: March 2012
    Built on a treeless yard by a family who cleared away all the sprouting trees on the property, a house is eventually abandoned and left to deteriorate on a lot that is gradually overrun by wild trees, in a poignant tale of loss, change and nature's quiet triumph by the Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate and author of Delights & Shadows.
  • Lights on a Ground of Darkness: An Evocation of a Place and Time

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $10.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803226425
    • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    • Published: September 2009
    A tribute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning former poet laureate's Iowa family is an evocative collection of tales that center around his beloved uncle Elvy, a victim of cerebral palsy who the author remembers for his love of fishing, pinochle, and drinking soda from an ice chest at the family gas station. Original.
  • Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780822953135
    • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
    • Published: June 1980
  • The Blizzard Voices

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803259638
    • Publisher: Bison Books / University of Nebraska Press
    • Published: September 2006
    This book is a collection of poems recording the devastation unleashed on the Great Plains by the blizzard of January 12, 1888. The Blizzard Voices is based on the actual reminiscences of the survivors as recorded in documents from the time and written reminiscences from years later. Here are the haunting voices of the men and women who were teaching school, working the land, and tending the house when the storm arrived and changed their lives forever.
  • The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803259782
    • Publisher: BISON BOOKS
    • Published: March 2007
    Provides instructions on writing and revising poems.
  • The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780803227699
    • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    • Published: February 2005
    Recently appointed as the new U.S. poet laureate, Ted Kooser has been writing & publishing poetry for more than forty years. In the pages of this book, Kooser brings those decades of experience to bear. Here are tools & insights, the instructions (and warnings against instructions) that poets--aspiring or practicing--can use to hone their craft, perhaps into art. Using examples from his own rich literary oeuvre & from the work of a number of successful contemporary poets, the author schools us in the critical relationship between poet & reader, which is fundamental to what Kooser believes is poetry's ultimate purpose: to reach other people & touch their hearts.
  • Valentines: Poems

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780803217706
    • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    • Published: February 2008
    For Valentine's Day 1986, Ted Kooser wrote 'Pocket Poem' 7 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. This book collects Kooser's twenty-two years of Valentine's Day Poems, complemented with illustrations by Robert Hanna & a new poem appearing for the first time.
  • Weather Central

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780822955276
    • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
    • Published: September 1994
  • Winter Morning Walks: 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780887483363
    • Publisher: Carnegie Mellon University Press
    • Published: November 2000
  • Writing Brave & Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing

    By Ted Kooser

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803278325
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS
    • Published: March 2006
    Sometimes setting pen to paper requires bravery, and writing well means breaking free of the rules learned in school. Liberating and emboldening the beginning writer are the goals of Ted Kooser and Steve Cox in this spirited book of practical wisdom that brings to bear decades of invaluable experience in writing, teaching, editing, and publishing.Unlike “how to write” books that dwell on the angst and the agony of the trade, Writing Brave and Free is upbeat and accessible. The focus here is the work itself: how to get started and how to keep going, and never is heard a discouraging word such as “no,” “not,” or “never.” Because of the wealth of their experience, the authors can offer the sort of practical publishing advice that novices need and yet rarely find. Organized in brief, user-friendly chapters—on everything from sensory details to a work environment, from creating suspense to revising and taking criticism—the book allows aspiring (and practicing) writers to dip in anywhere and find something of value.

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