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Nebraska's Ted Kooser has been named the new Poet Laureate of the U.S.:

America's new poet laureate is Ted Kooser, a retired vice president of Lincoln Benefit Life insurance company in Nebraska, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will announce today.

The businessman-turned-bard writes straightforward verse about stars and cows and office secretaries and everything in between. He has published 10 books, including the collections 'Delights & Shadows' (2004) and 'Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison,' which won the 2001 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry.

Are the cows and the secretaries in the same poems? Cause that could be cool. Straightforward verse, however, would suggest not.

Paging Mr. DeNiro? Thoughts?


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