Midwest poet highlights Buckley area in his latest book release

The small foothills community of Buckley has been captured in prose.

“T’Kopachuck: The Buckley Poems,” penned by former resident Fredrick Zydek, has been released by Winthrop Press.

The book is a collection of more than 100 poems, culled from Zydek’s memory of life in the Buckley of years gone by. Readers familiar with Buckley history will recognize some of the events and places and even some of the names. And anyone can relate to the author’s sadness as he writes of family members long gone.

The Buckley of the author’s youth is brought to life in “The Buckley Sweetshop 1950,” “Kids’ Night at the Eagle’s Hall” and “The Old Cosmo Theater.”

Zydek’s affinity for the natural world leaps from the pages in entries like “Cougar Hunt,” “First and Last Hunt” and “The Eagle Sleeping in the Loft.”

He evokes memories of family and friends in “Decorating Grandma’s Grave,” “Mother at the Moment of Death” and “An Uncle Reduced to Ashes.”

Born and raised in Buckley, Zydek graduated from Seattle University and moved from the region. He taught for many years at the University of Nebraska and later at the College of Saint Mary. An award-winning writer, he is now retired, splitting time between a home in Omaha, Neb., and a farm in Brunswick, Neb.

“T’Kopachuck” is his ninth collection of poems. It is available at and various bookstores.

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