Ted Kooser. A Letter in October. A Room in the Past. POESÍAS ESCOGIDAS EN INGLÉS. Traducción al español.

Pictured; Ted Kooser in front of a red barn, English Departments, Presidential Professor, Poet, 040913, Photo by Jon Humiston, University Communications.


Este mes hemos seleccionado a Ted Kooser, poeta norteamericano que fue poet laureat entre los años 2004 a 2006.

Como muestra de su obra dos poemas: A letter in October y A Room in the past.


A Letter in October BY TED KOOSER

Dawn comes later and later now,   

and I, who only a month ago

could sit with coffee every morning   

watching the light walk down the hill   

to the edge of the pond and place   

a doe there, shyly drinking,


then see the light step out upon   

the water, sowing reflections   

to either side—a garden

of trees that grew as if by magic—

now see no more than my face,   

mirrored by darkness, pale and odd,


startled by time. While I slept,   

night in its thick winter jacket   

bridled the doe with a twist

of wet leaves and led her away,

then brought its black horse with harness   

that creaked like a cricket, and turned


the water garden under. I woke,   

and at the waiting window found   

the curtains open to my open face;   

beyond me, darkness. And I,

who only wished to keep looking out,   

must now keep looking in.


 Una carta en octubre (traducción libre al español)

 El amanecer llega cada vez más tarde ahora,

Y yo, quien solamente hace un mes

pude sentarme con un café cada mañana

mirando la luz caminar en descenso la colina

al borde del estanque y ponerse

allí sobre un conejo, bebiendo tímidamente,

entonces ver el paso de la luz hacia fuera

del agua, mostrando reflejos,

al otro lado – un jardín

de árboles que credía como por magia –

ahora no ver más que mi cara,

reflejada en la oscuridad, pálida y extraña,

sorprendida por el tiempo. Mientras yo dormía,

la noche en su abrigo invernal

frenaba al conejo con una torsión

de horas mojadas y lo llevaba lejos,

entondes trajo su caballo negro con arnés

que crujió como un grillo, y giró

por el agua del jardín de abajo. Desperté

y en la ventana de espera encontré

las cortinas abiertas a mi propia cara,

más allá de mi, oscuridad, y yo,

que solo deseaba mantenerme mirando hacia fuera,

debía ahora seguir mirando dentro.




A Room in the Past BY TED KOOSER

It’s a kitchen. Its curtains fill

with a morning light so bright   

you can’t see beyond its windows   

into the afternoon. A kitchen   

falling through time with its things   

in their places, the dishes jingling   

up in the cupboard, the bucket   

of drinking water rippled as if

a truck had just gone past, but that truck   

was thirty years. No one’s at home   

in this room. Its counter is wiped,   

and the dishrag hangs from its nail,   

a dry leaf. In housedresses of mist,   

blue aprons of rain, my grandmother   

moved through this life like a ghost,   

and when she had finished her years,   

she put them all back in their places

and wiped out the sink, turning her back   

on the rest of us, forever.


Una habitación en el pasado: (traducción libre al español).

 Es una cocina. Sus cortinas llenas

con una luz matinal tan brillante

que no puedes mirar más allá de sus ventanas

hacia el atardecer. Una cocina

callendo a través del tiempo con sus cosas

en sus sitios, los platos tintineando

en el armario, el cubo

de agua potable se balanceaba como si

un camión acabase de pasar, pero ese camión

fue hace treinta años. No hay nadie en casa,

en esa habitación. Su contador se secó

y el trapo de los platos cuelga de su clavo,

una hoja seca. En batas de niebla

se movía por esta vida como un fantasma,

y cuando había finalizado sus años,

los puso todos de vuelta a sus sitios.

Y limpió el fregadero, volviendo la espalda

al resto de nosotros, para siempre.



 Ted Kooser (born 25 April 1939) is an American poet. He served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 to 2006.


Born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939, Kooser earned a BS at Iowa State University in 1962 and the MA at the University of Nebraska in 1968. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry. He is former vice-president of Lincoln Benefit Life, an insurance company, and lives on land near the village of Garland, Nebraska. He owned a book publishing company, Windflower. He teaches as a Visiting Professor in the English department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is married to Kathleen Rutledge, former editor of theLincoln Journal Star.

On August 12, 2004, he was named Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by the Librarian of Congress to serve a term from October 2004 through May 2005. In April 2005, Ted Kooser was appointed to serve a second term as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. During that same week Kooser received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book «Delights and Shadows»[3] (Copper Canyon Press, 2004).

Kooser lives in Garland, Nebraska, and much of his work focuses on the Great Plains. Like Wallace Stevens, Kooser spent much of his working years as an executive in theinsurance industry, although Kooser sardonically noted in an interview with the Washington Post that Stevens had far more time to write at work than he ever did. Kooser has won two NEA Literary Fellowships (in 1976 and 1984), the Pushcart Prize, the Nebraska Book Awards for Poetry (2001) and Nonfiction (2004), the Stanley Kunitz Prize (1984), theJames Boatwright Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2005).
He hosts the newspaper project «American Life in Poetry.»

• Kooser, Ted (1969). Official entry blank.
• Grass County. (1971).
• Twenty Poems. (1973).
• A Local Habitation and a Name. (1974).
• Not Coming to Be Barked At. (1976).
• Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems. (1980).
• One World at a Time. (1985).
• The Blizzard Voices (1986).
• Weather Central. (1994).
• A Book of Things. (1995).
• Riding with Colonel Carter. (1999).
• Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison. (2001).
• Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry. (with Jim Harrison) (Copper Canyon Press, 2003).
• Delights and Shadows. (Copper Canyon Press, 2004)
• Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (2004)
• Flying At Night : Poems 1965-1985 (2005)
• Lights on a Ground of Darkness: an evocation of place and time. (2005).
• The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice For Beginning Poets (2005).
• Valentines (2008)
• Splitting an Order (2014)


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