So This Is Nebraska

Ted Kooser


So This Is Nebraska

Ted Kooser


Poem introduction

Almost thirty years ago I was talking to the Nebraska poet William Kloefkorn on the street one day and he asked me if I'd been invited to read poems at an event out on Grand Island, Nebraska, and I said no I hadn't heard about it at all and I was generally sort of angered by this thinking I had been left out of something. And I said, "Tell you what, Bill, I'm going to go home tonight and write a poem about Nebraska, and I want you to take it and read it out there." And I intended to go home and write a snotty poem about Nebraska and how small it was and one thing and another like that, and I got home and started working on this thing, and knowing I had to get it done in the morning I worked pretty late into the night and as I wrote I began to understand how much I really love this place where I live.

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