by Theodore Roethke
The Waking Resources
Read all about the poet’s wild life here.
Peer and articulate poet himself, Stanley Kunitz reflects on Roethke’s life and work.
Search the man out in the house in which he grew up, learning where he had to go.
Looking for lots-o-links? You’ll find 'em here.
Okay, we don’t know if Roethke really looked this strange in real life, but this out-of-synch talking head rivals the Great and Powerful Oz.
Here’s a pretty sweet musical interpretation of the poem.
Check out this mash-up with scenes from the animated movie Waltz with Bashir.
The poet gives sound to meaning.
Here’s a personal (maybe a little too personal?) version.
The poet in skullcap, looking pretty freaked by his own thoughts.
A graffiti finger shows him where to go, if Ted can rise to a walking position and make it so.
Imogen Cunningham, an amazing poet, captures the man’s troubled soul here.
Articles and Interviews
Ned Rorem collaborated with Roethke, creating a “bastard” born of poetry and music. He describes his process here.
Get your lit crit fix here with a plethora of links.
Drink your fill of Roethke awesomeness.
Movies and TV
Check out his 1964, 24-minute DVD.