June 21, 2017


Selecting a Reader | Ted Kooser

First, I would have her be beautiful,
and walking carefully up on my poetry
at the loneliest moment of an afternoon,
her hair still damp at the neck
from washing it. She should be wearing
a raincoat, an old one, dirty
from not having money enough for the cleaners.
She will take out her glasses, and there
in the bookstore, she will thumb
over my poems, then put the book back
up on its shelf. She will say to herself,
"For that kind of money, I can get
my raincoat cleaned." And she will.

දිනමිණ- වසත් සුළඟ 20/06/2017 


  1. One needs material for reading.Books are expensive. Cannot afford to buy. The alternative is a library.

  2. It's great how the poet place his own work in a realistic world through an imaginary reader. I like these kind of poems which don't really have limitations on how you can look at it.

    I see the paper has made a mistake my putting the title as a part of the poem in the translation :)

  3. thanks everyone!

    Thisara-didn't notice the mistake till you said so! :)