Barbieri, Richard. “Rhymes.” Independent School 65, no. 3 (Spring, 2006) 102-104. Barbieri discusses contemporary poetry from a teacher’s perspective. He praises the poets Kooser and Mary Oliver, citing their accessibility and forthright style. It is a helpful article in assessing what students may find useful in studying poetry.
Kooser, Ted. “Official Web Site of Poet: Ted Kooser.” http://www.tedkooser.net. This Web site provides a biography of Kooser, reviews and articles, information about his books, a link to a video of a reading, selected poems, and information about American Life in Poetry.
_______. “Straight Answers from Ted Kooser.” Interview. American Libraries 35, no. 11 (December, 2004): 31. A brief but helpful place to learn basic facts about Kooser. The poet answers eight questions related to his writing, becoming a poet laureate, and the importance of poetry in American culture.
McDougall, Jo. “Of Time, Place, and Eternity: Ted Kooser at the Crossroads.” Midwest Quarterly 40, no. 4 (Summer, 2005): 410-413. An informative article that illustrates how Kooser is a regional writer in the same sense as Flannery O’Connor was. Just as O’Connor’s works reflected the peculiarities of her native Georgia, McDougall asserts that Kooser explores similar life truths through the people of the Plains. An analysis of his poem “Old Cemetery” illustrates the critic’s points.
Meats, Stephen. “A Tribute to Ted Kooser.” Midwest Quarterly 46, no. 4 (Summer, 2005): 331-443. This extensive feature is a compilation of material that includes texts of several poems, interviews with Kooser, and commentary about him, his writing style, and themes. It is a good source for finding a variety of material about the poet.
Stewart-Nunez, Christine. “For Ted.” Midwest Quarterly 46, no. 4 (Summer, 2005): 422-424. A first-person account of the writer’s experience as a graduate student studying with Kooser. She relates the principles she learned from a master teacher.