Ronald Koertge

(1940 / Illinois / United States)

Biography of Ronald Koertge

Ronald Koertge poet

Ron Koertge was born in Olney, Illinois, April 22, 1940
Ronald Koertge is the author of poetry collections like Dairy Cows, Life on the Edge of the Continent: Selected Poems, and Making Love to Roget’s Wife (University of Arkansas Press).
He has also written a novel, The Boogeyman, a lot of young adult novels, including Arizona Kid, Mariposa Blues, Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, and Confess-O-Rama.
Koertge recently retired from Pasadena City College after 37 years of teaching.

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Little Morning Seranade

Bamboo shoots in a blue pot, tea steeping
in a tall cup with painted koi on the side.
Outside my window, the cat stalks a sparrow,
but is too tender-hearted to lunge.
Even with your hastily scrawled note still
on the table, it is hard for me to believe
you are the woman in that poem who made
love to her husband again and again so he
would sleep deeply and she could slip

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