American Life in Poetry
A feature provided by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006
I’d guess that a number of our readers have had MRIs. One of my neighbors, a
gravel hauler in rural Nebraska, told me that his test sounded as if he were
on the inside of a corn sheller. Jackie Fox, also a Nebraskan, has a
different take on the experience. Would you rather find yourself confined in
a corn sheller or a dryer? It’s no wonder we call ourselves patients.
It thuds and clanks
like tennis shoes
in a dryer, only
I am the shoe,
sour, damp and
American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Introduction copyright © 2009 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.