Cotton Candy


Cotton Candy

Poems Dipped Out of the Air

Ted Kooser

96 pages


September 2022


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About the Book

2023 Midwest Book Award finalist

“Poems dipped out of the air” describes the manner in which Ted Kooser composed the poems in Cotton Candy, the result of his daily routine of getting up long before dawn, sitting with coffee, pen, and notebook, and writing whatever drifts into his mind. Whether those words and images are serious or just plain silly, Kooser tries not to censor himself. His objective is to catch whatever comes to him, to snatch it out of the air in words, rhythms, and cadences, the way a cotton candy vendor dips an airy puff out of a cloud of spun sugar and hands it to his customer. Poems written in fun and now shared with the reader, Kooser’s playful and magical confections charm and delight.

Author Bio

Ted Kooser, U.S. poet laureate (2004–6) and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, is an emeritus presidential professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is the author of dozens of books, including Kindest Regards: New and Selected Poems, The Wheeling Year: A Poet’s Field Book (Nebraska, 2014), and Delights and Shadows.


"There is much to be admired in Kooser's improvisational approach to composition."—Publishers Weekly

“That Kooser often sees things we do not would be delight enough, but more amazing is exactly what he sees. Nothing escapes him. Everything is illuminated.”—Library Journal

“There is a sense of quiet amazement at the core of all Kooser’s work.”—Washington Post

“[Kooser] brushes poems over ordinary objects, revealing metaphysical themes the way an investigator dusts for fingerprints. His language is so controlled and convincing that one can’t help but feel significant truths behind his lines.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“Kooser’s ability to discover the smallest detail and render it remarkable is a rare gift.”—Bloomsbury Review

“Kooser is straightforward, possesses an American essence, is humble, gritty, ironic, and has a gift for detail and deceptive simplicity.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Table of Contents

A Word from the Author

Cotton Candy
A Windy January Morning
Wind in the Chimney
A Light Snow in Late March
Shadows at Sunset
Clouds and Moon
Easter Morning
Burning the Prairie
In a Glade
In Light from a Single Lamp

Following the Weather
In May
A Brief Shower
The Candle’s Butterfly
A Kitchen Drawer
A Breezy Summer Morning
A Thump
A Lake of Starlight
Bicycles on Top of Cars
Two Horses
A New Moon
A Sudden Storm
A Walk with my Shadow
In Midsummer
One Cloud

A Sighting
A Sound in the Night
In a Shed
A Cloudy Sunrise
A Novelty
In a Cold Late-Afternoon Rain
A Fluttering
A Falling Feather
A Few Things in Their Places
A Light in a Farmyard
A Seascape
Full Moon
A Dervish of Leaves

A Windy Monday
Egg Carton
A Winter Landscape
A Leaf in Wind
On a Dark Winter Morning
Pleasures of Snow
An Oriole Nest in Winter
November Snow
After an Ice Storm
A Falling Branch
Fresh Snow, with Deer Tracks
A Man Walking in Deep Snow
A Stand of Ornamental Grass
A Special Kind of Sunset


2023 Midwest Book Award finalist
2023 Heartland Booksellers Award finalist

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