Kooser is a master of metaphor—and the images he chooses are alive and informed—as well as intimate.
Here he describes a limestone quarry two miles from his house:
Kooser savors items his family used—the mere mention of his mother’s cutting board unleashes stories about his mother. He quotes Proust who has “…the taste of biscuit … take him back in time.”
His character sketches may be short, but the particular details give dimension to the figures. I think I’d recognize some of the people if I met them in person.
And since he’s sixty when he begins writing Local Wonders he does reflect on time and age.
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