American Life in Poetry #673
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE
|“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” has been attributed to a half dozen different writers. It can be helpful in encouraging people to write, but also in describing poetry that arises out of meditation. Greg Kosmicki is a Nebraska poet whose work is deeply thoughtful but also cordial and conversational. Here’s an example from his new book It’s as Good Here as it Gets Anywhere, from Logan House Press.
You Never Get One Thing
This notebook is so old the paper is yellow.
Seems like you never get one thing without losing another.
Somewhere some guys have figured out to the exact ounce
Start with my parents, and theirs, and all who died
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