Theodore Roethke

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Theodore Huebner Roethke was born in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of Otto Roethke and Helen Huebner, who, along with an uncle owned a local greenhouse. As a child, he spent much time in the greenhouse observing nature. Roethke grew up in Saginaw, attending Aurthur Hill High School, where he gave a speech on the Junior Red Cross that was published in ...
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1.
My Papa's Waltz
The whiskey on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.
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2.
In A Dark Time
In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
I hear my echo in the echoing wood--
A lord of nature weeping to a tree.
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3.
I Knew A Woman
I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!
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4.
Journey Into The Interior
In the long journey out of the self,
There are many detours, washed-out interrupted raw places
Where the shale slides dangerously
And the back wheels hang almost over the edge
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5.
Elegy For Jane
(My student, thrown by a horse)

I remember the neckcurls, limp and damp as tendrils;
And her quick look, a sidelong pickerel smile;
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get Jane 08 May 2019
elegy for Jane (my student, thrown by a horse) . bye Jane.
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Larry Levy 01 August 2018
I first read Roethke in high school and over the next six decades have never stopped. He is a poet's poet, a peerless craftsman, and often deeply moving.
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Charles La Via 14 May 2021
Yes. His 'Love Poems' are amazing.
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Destiny 03 May 2018
iv never liked any of the pomes because i have not heard any
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Richard 05 February 2018
This poem fire and I listen to it before i go to bed
6 7 Reply
Wbiro Numi Who? 05 August 2017
'The Far Field' should be in the short list.
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Sam Smedley 10 June 2015
Awesome. Amazing work. This is a treasure that must be kept alive.
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Stan Petrovich 18 April 2015
Roethke is a treasure.
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Gigi Levin 16 September 2014
Sad that nobody else seems to have noticed this wonderful poet.
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