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Theodore Roethke
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Theodore Roethke was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1908. As a child,...
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On Poetry and Craft [excerpt]

 
by Theodore Roethke

The poem, even a short time after being written, 
seems no miracle; unwritten, it seems 
something beyond the capacity of the gods.

                          *

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of 
haste. It's what everything else isn't.

                          *

You can't make poetry simply by avoiding clichés.

                          *

There's a point where plainness is no longer a virtue, 
when it becomes excessively bald, wrenched.

                          *
							
You must believe: a poem is a holy thing -- a good poem, 
that is.






From On Poetry and Craft: Selected Prose of Theodore Roethke; reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press. Copyright © 2000. All rights reserved.
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