Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Along with his poetry, Ted Kooser (KEW-zur) has written nonfiction works about life on the plains. Essays depicting Nebraska life and scenery are featured in Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (2002). The Poetry Home Repair Manual (2005) contains twelve chapters on the art of composing poetry in various forms. He collaborated with writer Steve Cox on Writing Brave and Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing (2006), a brief work that offers basic information for beginning writers. Lights on a Ground of Darkness: An Evocation of a Time and Place (2009) is a memoir about his mother’s family, the Mosers. To Kooser, retelling the family saga represents his desire to preserve their life stories.