Ronald Koertge

(1940 / Illinois / United States)

Ronald Koertge
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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. more »

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  • Mariana Warner(10/20/2018 2:27:00 PM)

    Ron Koertge's book is DIARY COWS, not DAIRY COWS. Therein lies the delightful quirky humor of his title poem.
    See also his MAKING LOVE TO ROGET'S WIFE. He's a gem, one of a kind! ! !

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  • Gene Goldfarb(7/6/2018 9:06:00 PM)

    Such a wonderful and wry sense of humor. I could see why Billy Collins liked your poems.

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Best Poem of Ronald Koertge

An Infinite Number Of Monkeys

After all the Shakespeare, the book
of poems they type is the saddest
in history.

But before they can finish it,
they have to wait for that Someone
who is always

looking to look away. Only then
can they strike the million
keys that spell

humiliation and grief, which are
the great subjects of Monkey

and not, as some people still
believe, the banana
and the tire.

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