I will be playing the part of Joan Swift in this tribute to Theodore Roethke. This performance and reading is the brainchild of Sandra Kleven, Editor of Cirque, a literary journal. The “real” students of Roethke will be in attendance, along with Jeff Vande Zande who wrote “American Poet, A Novel”, which I highly recommend.
I walk the trails at the Bloedel Reserve on a regular basis when I am home. On each visit I pass through the Japanese Garden, where I always stop and pay respect to a poet I did not know. I marvel at the mystery of how even after death we intersect in the lives of others.
If you get a chance, stop by and say hi to all the poets who have, in their own way been touched by Roethke.