Straw for the Fire From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke

ISBN-10: 1556592485
ISBN-13: 9781556592485
Edition: 2nd 2006
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Description: "There are only two passions in art; there are love and hate-with endless modifications."-Theodore Roethke At his death, Theodore Roethke left behind 277 spiral notebooks full of poetry fragments, aphorisms, jokes, memos, journal entries,  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 11/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

"There are only two passions in art; there are love and hate-with endless modifications."-Theodore Roethke At his death, Theodore Roethke left behind 277 spiral notebooks full of poetry fragments, aphorisms, jokes, memos, journal entries, random phrases, bits of dialogue, commentary, and fugitive miscellany. Within these notebooks, Roethke allowed his mind to rove freely, moment by moment, moving from the practical to the transcendental, from the halting to the sublime. Fellow poet and colleague David Wagoner distilled these notebooks-twelve linear feet of bookshelf-into an energetic, wise, and rollicking collection that shows Roethke to be one of the truly phenomenal creative sources in American poetry. From "A Psychic Janitor": I'm sick of fumbling, furtive, disorganized minds like bad lawyers trying to make too many points that this is an age of criticism: and these, mind you, tin-eared punks who couldn't tell a poem from an old boot if a gun were put to their heads . . . Cover art by United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.

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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