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The Blizzard Voices, The Blizzard Voices, 0803259638, 0-8032-5963-8, 978-0-8032-5963-8, 9780803259638, Ted Kooser With a new introduction by the author Illustrations by Tom Pohrt

The Blizzard Voices
Ted Kooser
With a new introduction by the author
Illustrations by Tom Pohrt

2006. 64 pp.
$11.95 t

This book is a collection of poems recording the devastation unleashed on the Great Plains by the blizzard of January 12, 1888. The Blizzard Voices is based on the actual reminiscences of the survivors as recorded in documents from the time and written reminiscences from years later. Here are the haunting voices of the men and women who were teaching school, working the land, and tending the house when the storm arrived and changed their lives forever.

Ted Kooser, Presidential Professor of the University of Nebraska, is former U.S. poet laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. In addition to his many volumes of poetry, he is the coauthor (with Steve Cox) of Writing Brave and Free: Encouraging Words for People Who Want to Start Writing (Nebraska 2006) and the author of The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets (Nebraska 2005) and Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, available in a Bison Books edition.

Tom Pohrt is an illustrator who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Bison Books has reissued Ted Kooser's Blizzard Voices, and fans of the poet will find it a must-have. In a collection that has been presented as reader’s theater, Kooser evokes the voices of different people—men, women, teachers, children—taken by surprise when the ‘Children’s Blizzard’ of 1888 swept across the Midwestern plains. . . . The book is short but powerful.”—Omaha World-Herald

“In just 64 pages, Kooser brings the people of the great blizzard back to life. You can feel the chill in these pages, hear the voices as if you and the speaker are huddled next to the stove, talking of recent events while the windows rattle in the January wind.”—Nebraska Life

“Kooser is a master of communicating through poetry. His clarity of structure and word choices makes poetry enjoyable and readable.”—Oklahoma News Weekly

“These stories are subtly powerful. Each imagined voice speaks with a stoicism which hit me with an eerie poignancy.”—Anne Fredrekson, Wapsipinicon Almanac

2007 Book Sense Poetry Top Ten selection

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