Lights on a Ground of Darkness: An Evocation of a Place and Time

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Price
$12.95  $12.04
Publisher
Bison Books
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Pages
72
Dimensions
4.4 X 7.8 X 0.3 inches | 0.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780803226425
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About the Author

Ted Kooser, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and former U.S. poet laureate, is Presidential Professor of the University of Nebraska. He is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Valentines (Nebraska 2008) and The Blizzard Voices (available in a Bison Books edition). His award-winning prose book, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, is also available in a Bison Books edition.

Reviews

"Kooser gratefully squeezes every drop from his memories of these long-departed people and what they told him of even longer-departed forebears. . . . A tiny gem of remembrance that resonates with certain passages of Willa Cather, James Agee, and Wendell Berry."--Ray Olson, Booklist-- (8/1/2009 12:00:00 AM)
"In this brief book, just 72 pages long, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate describes his family in precise, evocative prose."--Publishers Weekly-- (8/31/2009 12:00:00 AM)
"Kooser's book is a gift--his irises are open wide, and his book will open those of his readers, to fully appreciate the fragility of life and a family's love."--Dan Coffey, ForeWord
"Written in a prose as spare as a winter sunset, [Lights on a Ground of Darkness] is an elegy, not just for Kooser's forebears but for all of us."--David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times-- (9/20/2009 12:00:00 AM)
"I recently transplanted the tubers of some of my grandmother's prize-winning irises from her Nebraska garden into my backyard; her garden is diminishing now, as she cannot care for it as she once did. Kooser's book reminds me why I love irises above all flowers--they are as frivolous as any other flower, I suppose, but they are packed with history, because they multiply and the only way to keep them thriving is to divide and share them. When irises bloom, they are young again, just as the people Kooser writes about are when he shares his precise observations. Any reader who has ever considered writing his own family history can read Lights on a Ground of Darkness and be inspired."--Jenny Shank, NewWest.com-- (8/31/2009 12:00:00 AM)
"Few of us can write as well as Ted Kooser, but we should, like him, overcome the stumbling block of perfection. We all have stories to tell of a place and a time and a people, and our children and grandchildren ought to know those stories, book-worthy or not. His book is one model, and a good one, of how we might go about doing it."--Tom Wylie, Bloomsbury Review