The Poetry of Theodore Roethke

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William Barillas, University of Wisconsin-La Croose
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Contributors sought for a collection of short essays, each focused on a poem by Theodore Roethke, to be published by a university press. Intended for a readership of students and teachers as well as scholars, the book will advance Roethke criticism by presenting original and highly specific commentary on individual poems. Essays are to be about 2000 words in length and must involve close textual reading of a single poem. Writers may explicate a short poem or passage from a long poem, or analyze one aspect of a poem (such as diction, imagery, figurative language, symbolism, sound devices, meter, etc.). All critical approaches are welcome, including historicism, gender studies, reader-response, and ecocriticism. Essays should reflect knowledge of relevant Roethke scholarship, in most cases briefly quoting secondary sources. Deadline for submission is August 31, 2014. Send proposals and inquiries to Dr. William Barillas, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, at