“Cuttings (Later)” by Theodore Roethke

by on 30/04/12 at 8:39 am

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This urge, wrestle, resurrection of dry sticks,
Cut stems struggling to put down feet,
What saint strained so much,
Rose on such lopped limbs to a new life?
I can hear, underground, that sucking and sobbing,
In my veins, in my bones I feel it—
The small waters seeping upward,
The tight grains parting at last.
When sprouts break out,
Slippery as fish,
I quail, lean to beginnings, sheath-wet.



Ernest Hilbert

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One Response to ““Cuttings (Later)” by Theodore Roethke”

  1. Diann Blakely

    May 1st, 2012

    Did you see the terrific poem about Roethke–“The Day After The Dean of Michigan State College Admits Him To Lansing Sparrow Hospital For Rest, A Naked Theodore Roethke Barricades Himself Behind A Hospital Mattress”–by Amy Newman in MISSOURI REVIEW? Here’s a link to an interview in which she discusses her new project, ON THIS DAY IN POETRY HISTORY: http://www.missourireview.com/archives/amy-newman-on-safari-in-the-serengeti-with-her-husband-kayo-anne-sexton-writes-letters-to-her-therapist/

    And another to Lisa Russ Spaar’s commentary on two more such poems, both about Plath, from the CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/mondays-poems-2-by-amy-newman/45027. Already intrigued by DEAR EDITOR, I covet the very idea of this fifth book–why didn’t I think of it first?!


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