Theodore Roethke: Selected Poems: Selected Poems

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Editor Edward Hirsch's selection and introduction illuminate the daring and intensity of a poet who, in poems such as "My Papa's Waltz" and "The Lost Son," reached back into the abyss of childhood in an attempt to wrest self-knowledge out of memory. This gathering of Roethke's works also includes several of his poems for children, and a generous sampling from his notebook writings, offering a glimpse of the poet at work with the raw materials of language and ideas.
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Overview

Editor Edward Hirsch's selection and introduction illuminate the daring and intensity of a poet who, in poems such as "My Papa's Waltz" and "The Lost Son," reached back into the abyss of childhood in an attempt to wrest self-knowledge out of memory. This gathering of Roethke's works also includes several of his poems for children, and a generous sampling from his notebook writings, offering a glimpse of the poet at work with the raw materials of language and ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931082785
  • Publisher: Library of America, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: American Poets Project Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 694,780
  • Product dimensions: 4.75 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Open house 1
The premonition 2
Mid-country blow 2
The heron 3
The bat 3
"Long live the weeds" 4
On the road to Woodlawn 4
Highway : Michigan 5
Night journey 6
Cuttings 7
Cuttings : later 7
Root cellar 8
Forcing house 8
Weed puller 9
Orchids 10
Moss-gathering 10
Big wind 11
Old florist 12
Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze 13
Transplanting 14
Child on top of a greenhouse 15
Flower dump 16
Carnations 16
My papa's waltz 17
Pickle belt 17
Dolor 18
Double feature 19
The return 19
Night crow 20
River incident 20
The minimal 21
The waking 21
The lost son 23
The long alley 30
A field of light 34
The shape of the fire 36
Where knock is open wide 41
I need, I need 45
Praise to the end! 48
Unfold! unfold! 52:
I cry, love! : love! 55
O, thou opening, O 58
A light breather 62
Elegy for Jane 63
from Four for Sir John Davies : the dance 64
The waking 65
Words for the wind 66
I knew a woman 70
The sententious man 71
The pure fury 73
The surly one 74
The beast 75
A walk in late summer 76
Snake 77
Slug 78
from Meditations of an old woman : first meditation 79
North American sequence
The longing 84
Meditation at Oyster River 86
Journey to the interior 90
The long waters 94
The far field 97
The rose 102
Elegy 107
Otto 108
The meadow mouse 110
Heard in a violent ward 111
The geranium 111
The storm 113
The thing 115
In a dark time 116
The sequel 117
The right thing 118
Dinky 120
The cow 121
The serpent 121
The sloth 122
The lady and the bear 123
The kitty-cat bird 124
The whale 125
The yak 125
The donkey 125
The hippo 126
The lamb 126
The lizard 126
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