Plains Verse

Midwesterners tend to be viewed as measured people. As a longtime resident of Garland, Neb., do you think there is any truth to the popular image?

I’ve often thought that in any village you could find the seeds of every variety of personality, from the ax murderer to the opera diva.”

From a short interview of Ted Kooser, the new US Poet Laureate by Deborah Solomon in the New York Times Magazine.