Ted Kooser quotes

  • I like the idea of there being times when even words cost so much you used them sparingly. I have known a lot of old men and women who talked as if they were paying Western Union by the word.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Men #Ideas #Cost

  • Keeping a journal is like taking good care of one’s heart.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Heart #Care #Journal

  • Just as a dancer, turning and turning, may fill the dusty light with the soft swirl of her flying skirts, our weeping willow -- now old and broken , creaking in the breeze -- turns slowly, slowly in the winter sun, sweeping the rusty roof of the barn with the pale blue lacework of her shadow.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Winter #Light #Blue

  • I farm a little plot of things to say, with not much frontage on the busy road.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Littles #Plot #Busy

  • Mike Forsberg's images give us bright openings onto a world. . . . Here on the Great Plains both people and trees and everything else are in some way shaped by wind and weather. This book, too, has been shaped by where it comes from, and that's just a part of its beauty.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Book #Wind #Weather

  • Now the seasons are closing their files on each of us, the heavy drawers full of certificates rolling back into the tree trunks, a few old papers flocking away. Someone we loved has fallen from our thoughts, making a little, glittering splash like a bicycle pushed by a breeze. Otherwise, not much has happened; we fell in love again, finding that one red reather on the wind.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Wind #Tree #Paper

  • This evening, I sat by an open window and read till the light was gone and the book was no more than a part of the darkness....
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Book #Light #Darkness

  • I like the poem on the page and not at the podium. I like to address the poem in peace and quiet, not on the edge of a folding chair with a full bladder. I can't stand hearing a poem that I can't see. I did a reading at Wayne State, and it ended with the comedy such occasions deserve. I'd seated myself on a piano bench, and discovered upon attempting to arise at the end that the varnish had softened and I was stuck fast. The hinge was to the front, under my knees, so that as I tried to get up, I merely opened the lid.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Reading #Piano #Benches

  • Sometimes you sense how faithfully your life is delivered, even though you can't read the address.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Faith #Addresses #Sometimes

  • There are mornings when everything brims with promise, even my empty cup.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Positive #Morning #Promise

  • a happy birthday this evening, I sat by an open window and read till the light was gone and the book was no more than a part of the darkness. I could easily have switched on a lamp, but I wanted to ride the day down into night, to sit alone, and smooth the unreadable page with the pale gray ghost of my hand
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Book #Night #Hands

  • When she left me I stood out in the thunderstorm, hoping to be destroyed by lightning. It missed, first left, then right.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Firsts #Lightning #Thunderstorm

  • Valentine's Day is the poet's holiday.
    -- Ted Kooser

    #Valentine #Holiday