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, baking a pie, or decorating the house for Christmas can summon memories of his Iowa childhood.
This writer sees the extraordinary within the ordinary, the deep beneath the shallow, the abiding wisdom in the pithy Bohemian proverbs that are woven into his essays.
Thank you for your hospitality of imagination, Mr. Kooser--and for the immediacy and human vulnerability your poetry brings to all earthly matter.
I live with two good dogs in the Ozark Mtn. National Forest. I'm a teacher and a poet who has "lost [her] donkey." :) I will treasure this book for a long time.