Lights on A Ground of Darkness, An Evocation of A Place and Time

Lights on A Ground of Darkness, An Evocation of A Place and Time

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
A tribute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning former poet laureate's Iowa family is an evocative collection of tales that center around his beloved uncle Elvy, a victim of cerebral palsy who the author remembers for his love of fishing, pinochle, and drinking soda from an ice chest at the family gas station. Original.

Univ of Nebraska
Like the yellow, pink, and blue irises that had been transplanted from house to house over the years, the stories of poet Ted Kooser’s family had been handed down until, as his mother lay ill and dying, he felt an urgency to write them down. With a poet’s eye for detail, Kooser captures the beauty of the landscape and the vibrancy of his mother’s Iowa family, the Mosers, in precise, evocative language.
The center of the family’s love is Kooser’s uncle, Elvy, a victim of cerebral palsy. Elvy’s joys are fishing, playing pinochle, and drinking soda from the ice chest at his father’s roadside Standard Oil station. Kooser’s grandparents, their kin, and the activities and pleasures of this extended family spin out and around the armature of Elvy’s blessed life.
Kooser has said that writing this book was the most important work he has ever undertaken because it was his attempt to keep these beloved people alive against the relentless erosion of time.

Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2009]
ISBN: 9780803226425
Branch Call Number: 811x KOOSE KOOSE
Characteristics: xi, 60 pages ; 21 cm


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