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We are honored and pleased to report that poetry by the 13th U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-2006), Ted Kooser, will appear in the Silver Birch Press SUMMER ANTHOLOGY. We will keep the name of the poem under wraps until we release the collection on June 1, 2013. In the meantime, here is another beautiful poem by Ted Kooser, “A Happy Birthday,” found in his collection DELIGHTS AND SHADOWS (Copper Canyon Press, 2004), which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Kooser will celebrate his 74th birthday on April 25th.

A HAPPY BIRTHDAY

by Ted Kooser

This evening, I sat by an open window

and read till the light was gone and the book

was no more than a part of the darkness.

I could easily have switched on a lamp,

but I wanted to ride this day down into night,

to sit alone and smooth the unreadable page

with the pale gray ghost of my hand.