Former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser turns eighty years young today. A near lifelong Nebraska resident, Kooser is one of the iconic poets of the Midwest and has published seven books of poetry with the University of Nebraska Press as well … Continue reading Happy 80th Birthday, Ted Kooser!
The following contribution comes from Connie Wanek, author of Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems (Nebraska, 2016), in honor of National Poetry Month. Rhubarb It’s April, your last chance to get the flu. Across the landscape, all that remains healthy is now flexing and sprouting. The first dandelion blooms at the foot of a south-facing wall. A hungry hare, winter-white with an earth-brown shoulder patch, promptly arrives to nibble, its eyes neatly placed on the sides of its head, alert to danger from any direction. The ground is still mostly frozen, but on a warm afternoon in just the right patch … Continue reading From the Desk of Connie Wanek: Rhubarb Rises