Congratulations to Barton Sutter for being featured in U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry! Sutter's "A Little Shiver" from The Reindeer Camps (BOA, 2012) is an ideal selection for the winter season, and according to Kooser, a poet like Barton Sutter "knows all about cold and snow." A Little Shiver After the news, the forecaster crowed With excitement about his bad tidings: Eighteen inches of snow! Take cover! A little shiver ran through the community. Children abandoned their homework. Who cared about the hypotenuse now? The snowplow driver laid out his long johns. The old couple, who'd barked at each other At supper, smiled shyly, turned off the TV, And climbed the stairs to their queen-size bed Heaped high with blankets and quilts. And the aging husky they failed to hear Scratched the back door, turned around twice In the yard, settled herself in the snow, And covered her nose with her tail. Purchase a copy of The Reindeer Camps, here.
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