Ted Kooser’s poetry highlights everyday experiences with colorful metaphors and surprise endings. His positive, optimistic outlook is refreshing. Ted spent his days working in the life insurance industry, his private life writing poetry. Located in Nebraska, his midwest voice has now been recognized in very special ways: U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress 2004-2006; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Delights and Shadows. It was a pleasure to hear him read his poetry.