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American Life in Poetry

July 6, 2014
By TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-06 , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

I'm especially fond of sparklers because they were among the very few fireworks we could obtain in Iowa when I was a boy. And also because in 2004 we set off the fire alarm system at the Willard Hotel in Washington by lighting a few to celebrate my inauguration as poet laureate. Here's Barbara Crooker, of Pennsylvania, also looking back.

 
 

 

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