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Ted Kooser

The Necktie

His hands fluttered like birds,
each with a fancy silk ribbon
to weave into their nest,
but of course it was merely
my father, who stood at the mirror
dressing for work, waving hello
to himself with both hands.

Prairie Schooner, Vol. 74, No. 3 (Fall 2000), p. 36

Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser is a former U. S. Poet Laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is a retired life insurance executive and teaches part-time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His list of jobs includes paper carrier, agricultural fieldwork, sign painter, high school teacher, insurance executive, and part-time professor.