Titel: Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps
Autor/en: Ted Kooser
UNIV OF NEBRASKA PR
März 2004 - kartoniert - 153 Seiten
In the "quietest magnificent book IUve ever read" (Jim Harrison, author of "Legends of the Fall") Ted Kooser describes with exquisite detail and humor the place he calls home in the rolling hills of southeastern Nebraska--an area known as the Bohemian Alps--where nothing is too big or too small for his attention.
Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-6) and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, is University of Nebraska Presidential Professor. In addition to his many volumes of poetry, he is the author of "Lights on a Ground of Darkness" and "The Poetry Home Repair Manual," both available in Bison Books editions.
"When you read Ted Kooser's Local Wonders, you question where he's been all these years. He'd probably tell you he's been right here, amidst all of us, working the simplicity of words, the clarity of insights. What he wouldn't tell you is that he has the quiet ability to sneak beneath your skin and ripple it ever so slightly...Set back in the hills of southeastern Nebraska--the Bohemian Alps--Kooser's book doesn't venture far geographically but travels great distances along the lengths of wisdom...Kooser is a poet by nature, and his essays have the generous feel of a man who's rolled up his sleeves, pen in hand, for a long time, choosing words as an act of beauty, and knowing the small things of the world are of great import." The Bloomsbury Review "A quietly eloquent diary of a year in a small town in Nebraska... This is a heartfelt plainspoken book about slowing down and appreciating the world around you... Maybe it's exactly the feeling your friends, even you, are looking for." New York Times book critic Janet Maslin on CBS News Sunday Morning "Eloquent meditations on country pleasures, the rhythms of the seasons and the lingering presence of Czech folk culture in rural Nebraska." Dan Cryer, Newsday "Clear, generous, and imaginative, Local Wonders increases the sum of the world's best goods." Patrice Koelsch, Speakeasy "Through his eyes we learn to see, then appreciate, the beauty and grace in everyday miracles, the comfort and sanctity in local wonders." Booklist Local Wonders should be read and reread. It is a treasure, like the ripe wild plums Mr. Kooser, a retired insurance executive, picks along rural Nebraska roadsides." Dan Barber, Dallas Morning News "Reading Ted Kooser's Local Wonders, I feel like I've wandered into another world, a place where the past endures-- broken down a little, it's true--and where the present contains enough room to pay attention to the people and the countryside around you. This is simple, patient prose, the annotations of living in a wide-open place." Verlyn Klinkenborg "Ted Kooser's Local Wonders is the quietest magnificent book I've ever read." Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall "Local Wonders takes its luminous place in the time-honored tradition of seasonal contemplation within a cherished place. It is a companionate book--bright of eye and wit, warm with the details and reflections of the world." Merrill Gilfillan, author of Grasshopper Falls "Kooser claims he doesn't like to travel, but for someone who stays put, he does an awful lot of sightseeing. Hindsight, foresight, near sight, far sight, insight, out of sight, you name it--Local Wonders takes us both 'out far' and 'in deep.'" Judith Kitchen, author of Only the Dance: Essays on Time and Memory "With Thoreaulike reflection and insight, the author artfully engaged this reader in a lyrical embroidery of this neighboring frontier. Weaving images in soothing language, Kooser meticulously captures the nuances of life as it evolves in a country setting in which he is both observer and participant." Dan Semrad, Lincoln Journal Star