I place this within the first order
of wonders: a ten-year-old girl
alone on a sunny, glassed-in porch
Ted Kooser is a two-time US Poet Laureate and the author of numerous poetry collections, including Delights & Shadows, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Splitting an Order (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). As Poet Laureate he created “American Life in Poetry,” a free weekly column for newspapers, featuring a poem by a contemporary American writer. Born in Ames, Iowa, Kooser is a former vice-president of Lincoln Benefit Life, where he worked as an insurance representative for many years. He now teaches at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.