5226792 Ted Kooser, the nation's poet laureate, has been traveling around the country talking to librarians, school children and other groups about poetry. One of his stops was in Kansas City, Mo., where he led a workshop with some of Hallmark's greeting card writers.

Hallmark Writers Get Advice from Poet Laureate

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Ted Kooser, the nation's poet laureate, has been traveling around the country talking to librarians, school children and other groups about poetry. One of his stops was in Kansas City, Mo., where he led a workshop with some of Hallmark's greeting card writers.

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Scroll down to read excerpts from Kooser's Poetry Home Repair Manual; poems from his collection, Delights & Shadows; and samples of the Hallmark writers' poetry.

In their jobs, they may create sympathy cards or compose verse summing up the key to a happy marriage. But on this day, they got to talk about the craft of writing with Kooser, who offered gentle but pointed critique.

And back at his office at the Library of Congress in Washington, Kooser discusses his most recent book, The Poetry Home Repair Manual, which offers practical advice for beginning poets.

The Poetry Home Repair Manual
By Ted Kooser

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Delights & Shadows
By Ted Kooser

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