Ronald Koertge

(1940 / Illinois / United States)

Ronald Koertge Poems

1. Sky Burial 3/19/2014
2. Burning The Book 3/19/2014
3. Roadside Creche 3/19/2014
4. Little Morning Seranade 3/19/2014
5. Poets Vs. Wildcats 3/19/2014
6. Poetry Begins In Delight 3/19/2014
7. Fever 3/19/2014
8. Body Shop 3/19/2014
9. The Trojan Pony 3/19/2014
10. Grand Avenue 3/19/2014
11. Ornithology 3/19/2014
12. The Streetsweeper 1/13/2003
13. Fault 1/1/2004
14. An Infinite Number Of Monkeys 1/13/2003
15. Sidekicks 1/13/2003

Comments about Ronald Koertge

  • 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


They were never handsome and often came
with a hormone imbalance manifested by corpulence,
a yodel of a voice or ears big as kidneys.

But each was brave. More than once a sidekick
has thrown himself in front of our hero in order
to receive the bullet or blow meant for that
perfect face and body.

Thankfully, heroes never die in movies and leave
the sidekick alone. He would not stand for it.
Gabby or Pat, Pancho or Andy remind us of a part
of ourselves,

the dependent part that can never grow up,
the part that is painfully eager to please,

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