THE SIGNALS – Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)

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THE SIGNALS

Often I meet, on walking from a door,
A flash of objects never seen before.
As known particulars come wheeling by,
They dart across a corner of the eye.
They flicker faster than a blue-tailed swift,
Or when dark follows dark in lightning rift.
They slip between the fingers of my sight.
I cannot put my glance upon them tight.
Sometimes the blood is privileged to guess
The things the eye or hand cannot possess.


“The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke” by Theodore Roethke

Theodore Huebner Roethke (/ˈrɛtki/ RET-kee;[1] May 25, 1908 – August 1, 1963 ) was an American poet. He is regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential poets of his generation, having won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1954 for his book The Waking, and the annual National Book Award for Poetry on two occasions: in 1959 for Words for the Wind,[2] and posthumously in 1965 for The Far Field.[3][4] His work was characterized by its introspection, rhythm and natural imagery.

Roethke was praised by former U.S. Poet Laureate and author James Dickey as “in my opinion the greatest poet this country has yet produced.”[5] He was also a respected poetry teacher, and taught at the University of Washington for fifteen years. His students from that period won two Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and two others were nominated for the award. “He was probably the best poetry-writing teacher ever,” said poet Richard Hugo, who studied under Roethke.

American poet and teacher Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) is considered a major poet of his generation. He demonstrated a wide range of styles and growing awareness of how to transform his love of nature into a vehicle for expressing his mystical visions. Theodore Roethke was born in Saginaw, Mich., on May 25, 1908.

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