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“Will one day rank alongside of Edgar Lee Masters, Robert Frost, and William Carlos Williams.” --Minneapolis Tribune<br><br>“Kooser ranges over familiar territory, but maturity and full command of his craft now allow him to risk a wider scope, both in subject matter and form. . . . Weather Central forecasts the best of Ted Kooser’s poetry: a steady voice, arresting and memorable images, and vigorous play in metaphor that can nourish the human soul.” --Southern Humanities Review<br><br>“Kooser’s poems have the beauty and wisdom of something closely tied to the soil. . . . Perfect combinations of imagery and music, American Poetry, the real thing.” --Bloomsbury Review<br><br>Ted Kooser was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939. He was educated in the Ames public schools, at Iowa State University, and the University of Nebraska. His awards include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Stanley Kunitz Prize from Columbia magazine, and the 1981 Society of Midland Authors Award for Poetry for Sure Signs. His poems have appeared in many magazines including the Antioch Reveiw, the Hudson Review, and the Kenyon Review.