There are those to whom place is unimportant, But this place, where sea and fresh water meet, Is important–
When we think of “innovation,” we may not immediately think about poets. Yet there are common patterns of creativity. A line of software code and a line of poetry are products of hard thinking, much experimentation, and a determination to bring something fresh and new to life.
Through Roethke’s eyes, mind and art, readers can see a simple rose differently. Roethke’s Rose struggled at the edge of the sea, in the rocky cliffs of San Juan Island, growing a breathtaking, delicate beauty in that harsh place. His handwritten draft reveals the hard work of innovation – the trial and error of choosing the right word, the right rhythm, the risk of creativity.
At UW, Theodore Roethke made his mark as a gifted educator and brilliant thinker who a colleague once described as “one of the most valuable of our faculty members…wherever he is known, we are known.” Long after his death, his work continues to give readers new ways to understand the familiar.