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December 28, 2015

Theodore Roethke - Open House

The following comes from the Friends of Theodore Roethke:

When the great America poet Theodore Roethke published his first book, Open House, each of the 1,000 copies was hand numbered.

In celebration of the book’s upcoming 75th Anniversary, The Theodore Roethke Museum wants to hear from the owners of these important books.

Our non-profit group is conducting a census and storytelling project around Open House. Our goal is to ignite conversation about Roethke’s poetry. The fact that each copy of Open House is hand numbered gives each a unique personality. We’d like to hear about the books from their owners and what Roethke poem most resonates with them.

We plan to feature at least two Open House stories per month on our Facebook page and web site during 2016.

The winner of the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Roethke (1908-63) ranks among the most accomplished and influential poets and poetry teachers of his generation. His most famous poems include My Papa’s Waltz and the Greenhouse poems series from his landmark book, The Lost Son.

If you are a poetry lover or book collector and have a copy of Open House, the Museum would like to hear from you. If you are a bookseller it’s a great way to get your copies in front of a host of Roethke readers.

Please send a photo of the book (along with you, if possible!) your copy number and your favorite Roethke poem. If you’re shy and don’t want to be featured, that’s fine, But we’d love to hear from you if you have a copy and if so, which one.

Please send the information to

Participants whose work is featured on-line will receive a limited edition 5×7 edition Roethke art print.


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