Monday, May 25, 2009

Theodore Roethke,

Theodore Roethke, went into "'Dionysian frenzy' that Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about. Roethke wrote in his journals, 'I can project myself easier into a flower than a person.' And, 'I change into vegetables. First, a squash, then a turnip. … I become a cabbage, ready for the cleaver, the close knives.' And he wrote,'I knew how it felt to be a tree, a blade of grass, even a rabbit.' Also in his journal, he wrote, 'I wish I could photosynthesize.'"

Roethke wrote:
I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;