Ted Kooser

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Do you ever wonder why things turn out the way they do: why the colors of the leaves change when the season turns from summer to fall, or why someone can be treated so awfully, yet still continue to love that person with all their heart? Wonder is a refreshing sense of the unfamiliar and of the unexpected. It is having the desire to discover the unknown. “The sense of wonder speaks of our hunger to be moved, to be engaged and impassioned with the world and take pleasure in it, attuned to it and fascinated by it” (7 Ways to Spark Your Sense of Wonder). It is Ted Kooser, an American poet and a Pulitzer Prize winner, which we have to thank for the creation of Local Wonders. Local Wonders consists of collections of Ted Kooser’s lifespan memories.…show more content…
His use of description really hits home. He puts these employees in real horrible situations. Although we do not know these people we feel a sense of guilt because we cannot help them. We also feel a sense of sadness because we know that these situations do happen. By making us feel guilt and sadness it gives his story a lot more purpose and he draws us in to continue reading to see if it worked out for the employees or not. Kooser takes the time to slow down and enjoy his surroundings. He enjoys the “spatters of apple red” (104) Sumacs that are hidden in the ditches. His use of apple red provides a clear description of the plant color. Along with the color, by using the word, spatter, it shows how the Sumacs are arranged throughout the ditch. Kooser sets the scene by writing “When she signed the paper, her lips trembled a little, but she took a deep breath, set her jaw, and got ready for the rest of her life” (54). His imagery gives his readers a reason to keep reading. Without his great detail, the content would not be relatable. Because of his description, I can relate to the way his mother felt as she was signing the funeral arrangements for her husband. Kooser uses unique metaphors to explain a much deeper meaning “You can’t dig up wild roses and take them away from their work.” Kooser changes the way you look at the world and shows it in a new…show more content…
Everyone is excited, but I can tell by the look in their faces that they are just a little nervous, as well. Dr. Martinez, my Biology 245 teacher yells out to grab the class’s attention. He calls us into the laboratory table by table. The first group to go in was the table closest to the lab. My table, which is located in the middle of the classroom, would be second, and the table farthest away from the laboratory would be last. He called for the first group to go in. They all got up and walked anxiously inside. Dr. Martinez shut the door behind them. Just shortly after, the first group came out and he had called for my table to go in. We all looked at each other with a face of uncertainty, but we knew if we didn’t go in we would regret it. As we walk in, there is a strong aroma of formaldehyde that strikes our noses. There are six, blue body bags lying flat and zipped up on a cart. He walks my group and I to a back corner and starts to unzip the body bag. There are several soaking, wet towels resting upon the bodies of the person that was once living. He moves the towels to the side and begins to show only the muscles that he is identifying. I have noticed he uses a delicate touch when moving the body parts of the cadaver and he is very carefully making sure he does not reveal the expired face. At this point, I am no longer paying attention to what muscles he is

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