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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

straightforward view of the ordinary

after Ted Kooser's "Horse"

There is something not right about a time when an insurance man becomes the nation’s poet. And I don’t mean any disrespect for Ted Kooser, he writes great poetry and was most deserving. I just can’t get the sense of irony out of my head.

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Blogger Norma said...

Perhaps the poet was always there as he shuffled papers. Poets usually have to have a day job. This poem is very nice; I grew up in rural Illinois and can smell it in your poem.

Also, you need to "edit your profile" unless you really do live in Afghanistan. The same thing happened to me when blogger did its last update.

My TOP is up. http://collectingmythoughts.blogspot.com/2007/10/totally-optional-prompt-todays-prompt.html

4:25 AM  
Blogger paisley said...

the cycle of life,, be you human or hay its all the same in the end....

5:26 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

This put me right in America.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Pauline said...

the first two lines are spot on

7:05 AM  
Blogger LJCohen said...

I think you really captured the spirit of a Kooser poem. Nicely done.

8:23 AM  
Blogger sister AE said...

NOW I like this poem! Now that I actually read the words correctly. The first time I thought it said "conversation business" which didn't make any sense to me. "conversion" is perfect! I'm going to have to start drinking coffee.

8:30 AM  
Blogger ...deb said...

I like the first two lines best, too. And I also read conversion wrong at first. Funny.

I am inspired Kooser was an insurance man. Not that I want to be in insurance or be the poet laureate :-)

9:43 AM  
Blogger tumblewords said...

Life and death in a poem. I like the way you moved through the transitions. Very nice. And, yes, Kooser is a dichotomy in some ways!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Mariacristina said...

All the concerns of farmers left me feeling stressed and worried for them. Nature is always there, unpredictable, amid their concerns of productivity and money.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Andy Sewina aka Danny Wise said...

I think the key word here is worry - although the weather and waiting make this such an atmospheric piece. It's like you've opened a window for me on a world I know nothing about.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Mad Kane said...

Well done. Nice interpretation of the prompt.
Mad Kane

7:30 PM  
Blogger wendy said...

I loved this poem. It is the straight forward "get her done"
attitude I have come to adore.

9:20 PM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Next you will comment opon a mere school teacher becoming a poet..:D

BTW, I do like your poem.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Don't most of us have day jobs that have nothing to do with poetry? I'd actually prefer the poet laureate not be someone who was, say, a creative-writing teacher: the industry is turned-in on itself enough as it is.

The best poetry is about things other than poetry-- like horses, or oats, or weather.

9:57 AM  
Blogger HL said...

I don't want to be a grump but I think you missed the point. It is not about work--it is like insurance is a wink at the quotidian like a joke about a statistician

12:15 PM  

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