The Blizzard Voices

The Blizzard Voices This book is a collection of poems recording the devastation unleashed on the Great Plains by the blizzard of January The Blizzard Voices is based on the actual reminiscences of the survivors

  • Title: The Blizzard Voices
  • Author: Ted Kooser Tom Pohrt
  • ISBN: 9780803259638
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 laThis 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.

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      Ted Kooser Tom Pohrt

    About Author

    1. Ted Kooser lives in rural Nebraska with his wife, Kathleen, and three dogs He is one of America s most noted poets, having served two terms as U S Poet Laureate and, during the second term, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection, DELIGHTS SHADOWS He is a retired life insurance executive who now teaches part time at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln The school board in Lincoln, Nebraska, recently opened Ted Kooser Elementary School, which Ted says is his greatest honor, among many awards and distinctions He has published twelve collections of poetry and three nonfiction books Two of the latter are books on writing, THE POETRY HOME REPAIR MANUAL and WRITING BRAVE AND FREE, and a memoir, LIGHTS ON A GROUND OF DARKNESS all from University of Nebraska Press BAG IN THE WIND from Candlewick is his first children s book, with which he is delighted It s wonderful, Ted said, to be writing for young people I am reinventing myself at age 70.

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    1. A collection of poems recording the devastation unleashed on the Great Plains by the blizzard of January 12, 1888 says the copy on the back of the book That doesn t begin to do justice to the narratives captured within this slim volume, accompanied by poignant line drawings by Tom Pohrt Normally, I shy away from any poetry that comes with illustration, feeling that often, unless it s a children s book, the illustration is a signal that the poetry within is not up to snuff and needs distractions, [...]


    2. Fascinating read by Ted Kooser, former US poet laureate He researched and made poems from stories accounts by survivors of the Blizzard of 1888.


    3. 3.5 starsThis is about a 20 minute read of poems all about the USA s worst blizzard ever in 1888 It made me really scared of blizzards and scared for all the people and ANIMALS that get caught in them The blizzard happened in January and there were still snow drifts in June Corpses getting found throughout the year Horses had their eyes frozen Pigs stacked up on each other in a frenzy the ones at the bottom were smothered, the ones at the top froze Lots of people had to have arms, legs, fingers [...]


    4. A slim volume of poems by Kooser, narrative monologues based on the experience of individuals during the 1888 Blizzard AKA The Children s Blizzard, since many children were stuck in their schoolhouses for a couple of days, and a number perished from the sub zero temperatures that followed the snow.Each poem is short, for me too short to be totally effective And the narrators are only identifies as A Man s Voice or A Woman s Voice , even though he knew who the individuals were the poems are based [...]


    5. I read this work in a single night, even while taking the time to savor it as poetry I really appreciated the change of voices from survivors of the School house Blizzard as I turned each page A woman s voice, a man s voice, etc Takes you back to pre Weather Channel and radio days when the catastrophic storms and your neighbors disasters came and went undetected by most of the outlying populations Only after living on the high plains can the reader imagine and grasp roaring inland winds so stron [...]


    6. Beautifully done These poems are based on the experiences of men and women who lived through the Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888 on the Great Plains Each poem comes from a different anonymous speaker, and the collection is best read aloud Kooser s individual voices capture the disorientation that must have come from such a storm Here are characters in different towns and states, trapped in one blinding torrent of snow Some are separated from each other by hundreds of miles, but they share one story [...]


    7. These monologue poems about the terrible 1888 blizzard that swept across the Great Plains end too soon The book opens with a poem titled A Woman s Voice in size 14 or 16 font, then alternates to A Man s Voice All the poems in the book have those two titles, although it is clear the monologues are being delivered from different people There are 18 Woman poems and 18 Man poems, so Kooser is careful to give a balanced perspective, or was he having some fun, calling attention to the year in which th [...]


    8. An interesting subject, but merely adequately handled which pretty much sums up my opinion of any of Kooser s work Kooser s style shoots for plainspoken but veers into unmemorable There are a few striking moments in here, but the presentation of the book which has no page numbers and features a few dozen poems all titled either A Man s Voice or A Woman s Voice makes it difficult to identify or describe them without giving them away Spoiler the best moment occurs the first time we are confronted [...]


    9. This book is part narrative, part poetry The voices are memories from the great blizzard of 1888 Kooser says he grew up hearing his elderly relatives recount their memories of this blizzard, and he drew from those and accounts published at the time to distill down some of the essential images One of the most vivid images for me was how a cow s tail froze sideways And towards the end of the book there is brief vignette about a turkey who had been buried for weeks in the ice, yet survived by eatin [...]


    10. One of my favorite moments from teaching at Silver Lake College happened while reading this book My advanced poetry class gathered in the balcony of Generose Center and on a stage strewn with dead flies it hadn t been cleaned in a while we did a choral reading from this work Individually the poems don t stand up well, but as a collective work The Blizzard Voices evokes an epic storm and a time out of memory.


    11. I found this one to be very interesting Am intrigued to see how this was adapted for the stage I am imagining a somewhat disconnected series of monologues I know that it is a financial gamble to publish a collection of poetry in the U.S so it is almost a taboo subject to speak of the financial worth of a poetry collection, but this collection is very, very shortI liked many of the poems I did not find myself to be a fan of the small illustrations, however.


    12. These poems, harvested from archival records of the great Nebraska blizzard of 1888 known as the Schoolchildren s Blizzard, are masterfully told in alternating narratives only identified as A Woman s Voice and A Man s Voice Ted Kooser brings these memories to life in all their tragedy and mundanity.


    13. This book made me re think poetry, and what the art form can do Kooser s poems about a blizzard over a century ago brought the time and the people to life in a way that no novel or history tome could do I had thought I wasn t really a poetry person, but now I realize I just wasn t reading the right poems.


    14. At first, I was not interested in Kooser s poems but I re read them and liked them While they at first did not seem poetic , I began to see the poems like I did when I discovered Leaves of Grass by Whitman for the first time.


    15. Not as great as Kooser s other works, probably because he is telling someone else s story rather than his own I still enjoyed this though because that blizzard is a fascinating story from ANYONE s perspective


    16. Mr Kooser takes the information from In All Its Fury and writes a beautiful book telling of the Schoolchrildren s Blizzard of 1888 The blizzard took place on January 12, 1888 and is an important part of Nebraska history.This is a book well worth reading It makes me a poetry fan.


    17. A simple book that tells so many stories Page after page recalls a different person s memories of the Blizzard of 1888 A quick but informative read Not a bad book to turn to if you feel like your life is lacking.


    18. The book is made up of reminiscences in poetry form of individuals who experienced the Blizzard of 1886, sometimes known as the Schoolchildren s Blizzard The winter storm was given this name because so many students and teachers were stranded in rural schoolhouses.





    19. I really like Kooser s work Since I am a born and bred Nebraskan too, I can relate to the images he writes about in his poetry and prose.


    20. The Blizzard Voices is a very quick read by poet laureate, Ted Kooser Part of Book Riot s 2015 reading challenge poetry collection.


    21. Fairly matter of fact narratives of The Children s Blizzard I enjoyed the details, though I perhaps would have liked adornments, a bit linguistic flair.



    22. A slim volume of poetry inspired by the voices of folks who survived the Children s Blizzard of 1886 A haunting story, parced out in verse.



    23. Kooser s poetry is simple, direct and compelling These voices from 1888 are wholly believable This is not academic It is real life I read it straight through.


    24. What a powerful little volume These poems made the voices from the Children s Blizzard of 1888 on the Great Plains very real and vivid.


    25. I had read the Children s Blizzard so knew about this famous blizzard Enjoyed these poems very much I ll be seeing the author at Chautauqua in August.


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