Straw for the fire: from the notebooks of Theodore Roethke, 1943-63

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Doubleday, 1972 - Poetry - 262 pages
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First published by Doubleday in 1972, this volume of arranged poems, prose fragments, memos, and aphorisms reminds readers of the pervasive power of Roethke (1908-63). Editor Wagoner, a former student ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
9
The Things I Steal from Sleep 195462
13
Straw for the Fire 195362
19
In the Lap of a Dream 194849
27
A Nest of Light 194849
34
All the Semblance All the Loss 194849
43
The Stony Garden 194950
49
In the Bush of Her Bones 194950
57
The Desolation 195963
125
And Time Slows Down 196063
132
My Instant of Forever 195963
139
All My Lights Go Dark 194347
147
The Cat in the Classroom 194347
160
The Turn of the Wheel 194347
166
Words for Young Writers 194849
180
The Proverbs of Purgatory 194849 19
190

Love Has Me Haunted 195053
63
FatherStem and MotherRoot 195153
71
Heart You Have No House 195153
80
Sing Other Wonders 195458
91
She Took My Eyes 195458
100
In the Large Mind of Love 195462
108
Between the Soul and Flesh 1957
119
First Class 195053
203
The Right to Say Maybe 194853
213
The Hammers Knowledge 195458
224
The Teaching of Poetry 195458
231
A Psychic Janitor 195963
243
The Beautiful Disorder 195463
252
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About the author (1972)

Theodore Roethke was a poet and educator. He was born on May 25, 1908 in Saginaw, Michigan. Roethke graduated from the University of Michigan in 1929. He entered Michigan Law School, but withdrew in 1930 to pursue a master's degree in literature at Harvard. Roethke did not complete his degree due to financial problems. Roethke worked as an instructor at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania State University, and Bennington College. His 1951 book, Praise to the End, won the Bollington Prize and his 1953 volume, The Waking, Poems 1933-1953, won the Pulitzer Prize. Roethke was also a two-time winner of the National Book Award and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Roethke died on August 1, 1963.

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