Splitting an Order

Splitting an Order One of the Big Indie Books of Fall Publishers Weekly Paterson Poetry Prize Ted Kooser must be the most accessible and enjoyable major poet in America His lines are so clear and simple Micha

  • Title: Splitting an Order
  • Author: Ted Kooser
  • ISBN: 9781556594694
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the Big Indie Books of Fall 2014 Publishers Weekly Paterson Poetry Prize, 2015 Ted Kooser must be the most accessible and enjoyable major poet in America His lines are so clear and simple Michael Dirda,The Washington Post Readers of Splitting an Order will find characters both strange and wonderful, animal or human There is a sense that time is passing quiOne of the Big Indie Books of Fall 2014 Publishers Weekly Paterson Poetry Prize, 2015 Ted Kooser must be the most accessible and enjoyable major poet in America His lines are so clear and simple Michael Dirda,The Washington Post Readers of Splitting an Order will find characters both strange and wonderful, animal or human There is a sense that time is passing quickly and that everything worthy must be captured and savored, from an old couple lovingly sharing a sandwich to another sowing seed potatoes to a tribute to an old dog who waits as age and winter approach Master of the single metaphor poem, Kooser offers images that evolve, fluid and unforced Library Journal, starred review Wisdom, compassion, and dignity continue to mark the poetry of Ted KooserSplitting an Order is a quiet collection that honors small victories and gives reasons to be hopeful Elizabeth Lund, The Christian Science Monitor Kooser s ability to discover the smallest detail and render it remarkable is a rare gift Bloomsbury ReviewPulitzer Prize winner and best selling poet Ted Kooser calls attention to the intimacies of life through commonplace objects and occurrences an elderly couple sharing a sandwich is a study in transcendent love, while a tattered packet of spinach seeds calls forth innate human potential This long awaited collection from the former U.S Poet Laureate ten years in the making is rich with quiet and profound magnificence.From Splitting an Order I like to watch an old man cutting a sandwich in half and then to see him lift halfonto the extra plate that he asked the server to bring,and then to wait, offering the plate to his wifewhile she slowly unrolls her napkin and places her spoon,her knife and her fork in their proper places,then smoothes the starched white napkin over her kneesand meets his eyes and holds out both old hands to him.Ted Kooser is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including Delights and Shadows Copper Canyon Press , which won the Pulitzer Prize A former US Poet Laureate, Kooser serves as editor for American Life in Poetry, a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column.

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    1. Ted Kooser

      Ted Kooser lives in rural Nebraska with his wife, Kathleen, and three dogs He is one of America s most noted poets, having served two terms as U S Poet Laureate and, during the second term, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection, DELIGHTS SHADOWS He is a retired life insurance executive who now teaches part time at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln The school board in Lincoln, Nebraska, recently opened Ted Kooser Elementary School, which Ted says is his greatest honor, among many awards and distinctions He has published twelve collections of poetry and three nonfiction books Two of the latter are books on writing, THE POETRY HOME REPAIR MANUAL and WRITING BRAVE AND FREE, and a memoir, LIGHTS ON A GROUND OF DARKNESS all from University of Nebraska Press BAG IN THE WIND from Candlewick is his first children s book, with which he is delighted It s wonderful, Ted said, to be writing for young people I am reinventing myself at age 70.

    190 thoughts on “Splitting an Order”

    1. I learned a valuable lesson from Kooser years ago in his poem about Depression glass. You don’t have to wait for epic subjects like death, floods, war, birth, or marriage to write good poems. The small moments and everyday objects surrounding us hold universal truths about who we are – “to see a world in a grain of sand” as William Blake said.He takes the idea of turning everyday life into art even further by writing about things many of us find disgusting and not worthy of a second thou [...]


    2. Let me say before I write anything more that I absolutely love Ted Kooser. Without ever having met him or having any communication with him whatsoever, I've taken to calling him "Uncle Ted" and returning to his poems whenever "life is too much like a pathless wood" as Yeats would have it.Splitting an order is not Kooser's best book. Delights and Shadows might be or Local Wonders (I've got The Wheeling Year on my night table to begin tonight so stayed tuned for any possible ranking changes). But [...]


    3. Ted Kooser is the big eye behind the magnifying glass,when it comes to the small and quiet things in life.And I love what that eye records while it's at work.He's worth the time. Several poems should not be missed.So, what can I do but give it a thumbs up!And, here it is


    4. My favorite poets are those that make us say “oh yes, I understand that, because I’ve felt that way too, or I’ve seen the same thing but haven’t known how to find the words for it.” Ted Kooser does that with poems about ordinary life that are both beautifully simple and deeply profound. Like Mary Oliver, he’s especially good at paying close attention to what can so easily be ignored otherwise in order to capture the essence of what our lives have to tell us. The titles of the poems i [...]


    5. Clearly and surely this is a mellow book by an older poet who is comfortable with his time and place yet has kept eyes and ears and heart open. Ted Kooser is our Nebraskan poet who served as Poet Laureate for a country and for poets who thrive on the simple and direct. Yet that is not saying that his poems are simple, for they manage to sense and convey the quiet meaning of thingsour dream life "a weighty thing/ like life itself, in which you dip/ the leaky cup of your hands/ and drink." One of [...]


    6. Kooser employs simple language to make the most uncannily astute observations. Example: From “Estate Sale” A 25-amp glass fuse.Under the clear ice of its surfaceIt is easy to see the silver ribbonOf a motionless fish,Its body aligned with the current.OrLanternIn the predawn cold and darkness,It was only a pinch of light,Not more than a cup of warmth,As a farmer carried it over the snowTo the barn where his dozen cowsStood stomping, heavy with milkIn the milky cloud of their lowing.But that w [...]


    7. This was a very quick read. It walks you through a few precious experiences, in simple. straight-to-the-point lovely poems. It was good to read in the breaks between a weekend with friends.It does deal with seeing and moments, part of my particular interests in life, being in the present, observing, thinking metaphorically as a way of life.Many types of art serve different purposes. While not overly sentimental, this book is also not pushing the bounds of poetry or conversing in the language of [...]


    8. I wanted to love this poetry collection, but I ended up just liking it. I am big fan of Ted Kooser, and I look forward to reading the poems he selects for the American Life in Poetry column he publishes weekly. Overall, I found these poems to have very nice descriptions, but many of them lacked the ah-ha moments I look for in poetry. I think it's Billy Collins who said that good poetry begins in Kansas and ends in Oz. For this Kooser collection, most of the poems begin in Nebraska and stay there [...]


    9. Clear and always relatable, these poems lay a calm thoughtful eye to life's small occurrences, lay bare moments that may otherwise go unattended. I return again and again to the poem (p. 60) Closing the Windows which seems like an elegy to my own father who wandered the house at the first splat of rain on the metal awnings, tending to open windows and stopping at bedroom doors. Other notable poems:p. 22 While We Were Passingp. 47 Garrison, Nebraskap. 72 Awakeningp. 77 Small Rooms in TimeA collec [...]


    10. Ted Kooser makes one see the ordinary details of everyday life through a fresh lens. In this collection of short poems and one essay he is able to use plain language (no dictionary needed) but forces the reader to examine various images, moods, seasons, behaviors. Each poem presents the world in a fresh, pleasing way.



    11. Ted Kooser is one of those poets who manage to get enough memorable poems into their collections that the collections rival anthologies of multiple poets' works. And this not even a best-of collection. I was very impressed.Kooser's greatest strength seems to be encapsulating little humdrum moments, hanging them in the clear glass sphere of an imagistic poem, and then adding magical sparkle with analogy and metaphor and a light touch of the poets narrative gloss.This everyday scene with a brief b [...]


    12. Another collection of delightful poems by Ted Kooser. You can literally picture whatever he describes in his artistic play with words. It makes you want to be there in the moment with this wonderful writer! My absolute favorites in this collection were: Swinging from Parents, Hands in the Wind and Spanish Lessons.Small Rooms in Time, an essay at the end of the book is also very thought provoking!


    13. Ted Kooser is a master of making mundane memorable. He's inspiring, by encasing daily details in a fresh light. Another strong point: his ability to keep a phrase going (sometimes one poem is one single phrase!), in perfect harmony and sense. My favorite poem in this collection: Hands in the Wind, followed closely byl the others, really.



    14. I'm normally not one for poetry, but picked this one up on a whim. The author writes about the mundane in such an emotional way. It inspires you to see the beauty offered in everyday life.


    15. Kooser is great with taking any object, place, or person and casting it in verse. Nothing is off limits. There were a few incredibly striking phrases but it didn't sustain throughout.


    16. In Splitting an Order, Ted Kooser often finds himself an observer, examining relationships across generations -- fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. His language is clear and has a finality to it like an axe cutting through woo. The settings, too, are mundane: men at bodyshops, women at grocery stores. Yet Kooser sees the gentle tug and pull of all relationships that sadly remain buried, invisible, to the rest of us. Here are excerpts from a few of my favorites."Two"On a parking lot stairca [...]


    17. Kooser remains my favorite poet and SPLITTING AN ORDER continues Kooser's telling of life found in the American mid-west, especially the "Bohemian Alps" of Nebraska (where my wife also grew up). SPLITTING AN ORDER read like a meditation on Psalm 90:12, a numbering of days in order to gain a heart of wisdom. This is what Kooser's simple poetry does so well -- it helps me see the days I am in.I also heard in Kooser a longing, an embrace of life's latter years and days. At least a touch. The passin [...]


    18. “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it,” says a quote attributed to Michelangelo. Translated for the task of writing poetry, it might say, “Every detail of life contains a poem, it is the task of the poet to discover it.“This is the work of Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser: to chisel away at the stone of everyday life and discover the poetry already hiding inside. Kooser’s new collection, Splitting an [...]


    19. Splitting an Order by Ted KooserI like to watch an old man cutting a sandwich in half,maybe an ordinary cold roast beef on whole wheat bread,no pickles or onion, keeping his shaky hands steadyby placing his forearms firm on the edge of the tableand using both hands, the left to hold the sandwich in place,and the right to cut it surely, corner to corner,observing his progress through glasses that moments beforehe wiped with his napkin, and then to see him lift half onto the extra plate that he ha [...]


    20. Splitting an Orderby Ted KooserI like to watch an old man cutting a sandwich in half,maybe an ordinary cold roast beef on whole wheat bread,no pickles or onion, keeping his shaky hands steadyby placing his forearms firm on the edge of the tableand using both hands, the left to hold the sandwich in place,and the right to cut it surely, corner to corner,observing his progress through glasses that moments beforehe wiped with his napkin, and then to see him lift half onto the extra plate that he had [...]


    21. Wowis was my first reading of Ted Kooser's work and I am hungry for more. His poetry is unlike any I have ever stumbled across.He takes the ordinary, mundane tasks or actions of life and bring them into our full view with great descriptions and animation. His piece called "Switcing Drivers" is a perfect example of this. Kooser takes the simple action of an elderly couple pulling off the road to switch drivers and we the outsider see the balance of the car shift as they climb in and out. We watch [...]


    22. A book of poetry? Not poetry as most have known it; rather a poignant, haunting series of reflections on matters most have not stopped to ponder. As in "Estate Sale," "Zinc Lid, or "Dead Bat" or in such ordinary events as"Bad News," "Changing Drivers," or the opening poem, "Two Men on an Errand." This poet has the ability to lift the veil of "ordinary" to reveal the most extraordinary insights. The title poem, "Splitting an Order," is a wonderful example of Kooser's artistic vision as he uses la [...]


    23. Ted Kooser, like Wallace Stevens, worked as an insurance company executive before committing to poetry. Less the Stevens-type modernist, he tends to be a populist storyteller mix of Robert Frost and the Imagist school (think William Carlos Williams). Kooser is a keen observer. Although most of the time the observational detail is surface bound, it occasionally reveals the interior--emotions and thoughtscapes--that deepens and opens up the poem for engagement by the reader. Like a 5 A.M. visitati [...]


    24. It's very practical and real. Sometimes with novel reading you feel like your wading through the quagmire, but with poetry it's short and sweet. You really feel like the author has captured climactic moments of life. I hope to write something like this man has, the ritual of reading important works is quite an investment of time, but sometimes can uplift the soul. Like raising a child, is art and writing such creative works, but current events and non-fiction too there is. Still most of my days [...]


    25. Splitting an Order didn't quite connect with me as much as some of Kooser's other work. It is a fine collection, but there's an emotional disconnect that came with a lot of these poems. Kooser's simplicity works as his strength, but here, just describing sights and people left me a little cold. The times that he reared back and swung for the fences, he only managed a few doubles rather than home runs. I was waiting for something to punch me in the gut, and it didn't, so this one falls a little s [...]


    26. This is not my first acquaintance with Kooser nor will it be my last. He has the ability to capture a brief thought, a glimpse, a shared experience or a common object. His subjects range from a couple joined in holding the hands of their toddler, an insignificant item at a garage sale, to an elderly couple sharing a meal. I read, I paused, I reread, I paused and forced myself to move on. Beautiful!


    27. Favorites:Two father & sonOpossumClosing the WindowSleep Apnea those of us lying awake through those hours, my mother, my sister and I, who each night listened to death kiss the fluttering lips of my father, who slept through it all.Hands in the windPeople of limited paletteRight Hand


    28. A marvelous collection of new poems published on his 75th birthday. In my opinion, he keeps getting better and better! Poems all so rich with imagery and marvelous description - as well as small insights in each one. A n amazing short essay at the end of the book about a house he once lived in. Very touching.


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