The Midwest Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 4, Summer

A Tribute to Ted Kooser: An Interview with Ted Kooser
TMQ: How would you say your parents influenced your becoming a poet? Kooser: My father was a storekeeper, loved the public, and was a marvelous storyteller. I remember a woman once said to me that she'd rather hear my dad describe a person than...
Critics and Gyros
In the Valentine's Day version of the comic strip, "The Born Loser," the poor well-meaning soul presents his wife a "Whitman's Sampler" of Walt's best work. Not a bad idea, except she really wanted a box of chocolates. WARNING: This is not to suggest...
For Ted
The first time I walked into Ted Kooser's office in Andrews Hall at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I was nervous. I had been accepted into the graduate program, but still felt a need to impress. Sitting back comfortably in blue jeans and a sweater,...
Portraits of Kooser
The Man at Home In September 1977, I drove to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Ted Kooser lived in a big, turn-of-the-century house on Washington Street. I was nervous: he was my first poet. The previous summer at Kearney State, I had compiled a research...
Ted
Ted Kooser was one of the first people I met when I came to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1969. We may even have taught night classes together my very first semester. Our practice was to meet the full class enrollment jointly, then divide up...
To Ted, from Two Cow
Sometime near the end of the 1970's, when his wonderfully named Windflower Press was perhaps in its most active period, Ted Kooser sent me one of his famous picture postcards--a copy of an antique print of a westward moving wagon train on one side...
Tuesdays with Ted
In the fall of 2002 I was no longer working full-time so I enrolled in Ted Kooser's graduate poetry class at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I'd known Ted for years and admired his writing; this was my chance to learn what the master had to say....
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