Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (American Lives)

by Ted Kooser

Paperback, 2004

Status

Available

Publication

Bison Books (2004)

Description

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. Nothing is too big or too small for his attention. Memories of his grandmother's cooking are juxtaposed with reflections about the old-fashioned outhouse on his property. When casting his eye on social progress, Kooser reminds us that the closing of local schools, thoughtless county weed control, and irresponsible housing development destroy more than just the view. In the end, what makes life meaningful for Kooser are the ways in which his neighbors care for one another and how an afternoon walking with an old dog, or baking a pie, or decorating the house for Christmas can summon memories of his Iowa childhood. This writer is a seer in the truest sense of the word, discovering the extraordinary within the ordinary, the deep beneath the shallow, the abiding wisdom in the pithy Bohemian proverbs that are woven into his essays.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member MerryMary
Poetry and prose from the Poet Laureate for Nebraska AND the United States!
LibraryThing member cpultz
The first book of poetry that I had read since encountering Carl Sandburg in my teens that actually spoke to MY soul. (As evidenced by my turning from the last page directly back to the first page to start over again.) I understood what he was saying, what he was seeing. His words changed my vision as a photographer.
LibraryThing member Betsy3
Written by a poet. Essays on life in Nebraska. I enjoyed the way he saw the world and it helped me to look at the world like that for awhile; had a lot of sayings from the immigrant Czechs who settled there, and they were down to earth and true. Uplifting; heart-warming
LibraryThing member satyridae
Random musings in prose from one of our best poets. He's the guy I'd like to be stranded with at a truckstop in a snowstorm. Interesting to read his prose, which is in parts lyrical, in parts elegant, and in parts reassuringly ordinary. Kooser words make me think of Andrew Wyeth's paintings, and sometimes even Edward Hopper's. There's that certain slant of light to nearly every page. He's got a fierce love of the land, in particular his own Nebraska soil, and of his neighbors who work that land.… (more)

Language

Original language

English
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