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Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser's most recent collection of poems is Splitting an Order (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). In 2014 he also published a collection of short prose vignettes, The Wheeling Year: A Poet's Field Book (University of Nebraska Press). His third children's book, The Bell in the Bridge, is due out later in 2015. (Candlewick Press).

A Patch of Open Water

A breeze passes a hand
across the surface, brushing
the blue away, though only
for a moment, then it's back,
a million beads of sparkling glass
poured out upon a mirror,
rolling in one direction. At times
like this, I know I paid too little
for my ticket to this life.

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