A Necessary Order: Theodore Roethke and the Writing Process

Ohio University Press, 1991

Based on detailed analysis of the drafts and manuscripts in the Theodore Roethke papers at the University of Washington, A Necessary Order: Theodore Roethke and the Writing Process explores the development of the poet's ways of writing over the various stages of his career, as he progressed from his "metaphysical" poetry of the 1930s, through the powerful experimental sequences of the 1940s, to the love poems and the Whitmanesque North American Sequence that cap his work. For Roethke, more than for most poets, what he wrote was deeply interwoven with how he went about writing. This book illuminates his distinctive and fascinating methods.

Selected Works

Poetry
A selection from my current manuscript, Immediate Song
The University of Chicago Press, 2009
Wesleyan University Press, 2003
Wesleyan University Press, 1997
Wesleyan University Press, 1986
Translations from Europa: Selected Poems of Julio Martinez Mesanza (in manuscript)
Literary Criticism