An Epiphany

By Ted Kooser b. 1939 Ted Kooser
I have seen the Brown Recluse Spider   
run with a net in her hand, or rather,   
what resembled a net, what resembled
a hand. She ran down the gleaming white floor   
of the bathtub, trailing a frail swirl   
of hair, and in it the hull of a beetle   
lay woven. The hair was my wife’s,   
long and dark, a few loose strands, a curl   
she might idly have turned on a finger,   
she might idly have twisted, speaking to me,   
and the legs of the beetle were broken.

Ted Kooser, “An Epiphany” from Weather Central. Copyright © 1994 by Ted Kooser. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, Used by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

Source: Weather Central (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994)

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Poet Ted Kooser b. 1939

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Men & Women, Animals, Relationships, Nature

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Poet and essayist Ted Kooser is known for his honest, accessible verse that celebrates the quotidian and captures a vanishing way of life. Brad Leithauser wrote in the New York Times Book Review that, “Whether or not he originally set out to…[Kooser’s] become, perforce, an elegist.” Populated by farmers, family ancestors, and heirlooms, Kooser’s poems reflect his abiding interest in the past, but escape nostalgia in part because . . .

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SUBJECT Men & Women, Animals, Relationships, Nature

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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