From BRAIDED CREEK (Jim Harrison & Ted Kooser)

As blogger Christopher Citro, puts it:

Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry by Jim Harrison & Ted Kooser is a unique and wonderful book composed of unattributed, haiku-like, often hilarious, poems which the longtime friends exchanged through the mail while Kooser was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Ted Kooser, author of ten collections of poetry, including Delights and Shadows which won the Pulitzer prize in 2005, was U.S. Poet Laureate from 2004-2006.

Jim Harrison has published more than a dozen collections of poetry and more than sixteen novels and novella collections, including Dalva and Legends of the Fall, which have made him one of the foremost fiction writers in America.

Follow this link to hear Citro read some of the poems from this 2003 collection. We enjoyed listening to them ourselves, if for no other reason than to appreciate another pair of poetic collaborators. (But there were other reasons, as well. The authors have generated some fine work.)

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A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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