Roethke Poetry Party

May 23, 2022 - May 25, 2022

The Saginaw Art Museum and Roethke House along with other partners are teaming up for a three-day celebration of poetry in honor of Theodore Roethke. Learn more about the events happening May 23-May 25, 2022 below and plan on joining for some or all of the festivities.

May 23, 2022 | 5:30pm
What: Cuttings: When Sprouts Break Out

Come hear new poems that began with old work. Five poets — Jim Daniels, Thomas Lynch, Kathleen McGookey, Cindy Hunter Morgan, and Anita Skeen — selected “cuttings” from Roethke’s poems and used those cuttings (Roethke’s titles and first lines) as the beginnings of their own poems, which will be read at this event along with the original poems that serve as inspiration.

Poets are always in conversation with those who came before them, and this event honors how important old work is for new work. Happy Birthday, Theodore Roethke!

Participating Poets:
Jim Daniels*, Thomas Lynch, Kathleen McGookey, Cindy Hunter Morgan, Anita Skeen

*Wrote poems for us to share but won’t be at the event

Location: Roethke House 1805 Gratiot Ave. Saginaw, MI 48602

May 24, 2022 | 7:00pm
What: David Wojahn – Homegrown Cosmologies: Animism and Elegy in Roethke’s “Where Knock Is Open Wide”

David Wojahn discusses the arc of Roethke’s “Where Knock Is Open Wide,” a piece that invokes regression as its primary tool for the poet’s attempt at spiritual rebirth. The poem exquisitely embodies a formal inventiveness and sense of spiritual yearning that derives from grand and abiding obsessions and not from mere compulsion and self-imitation.

Location: Online – Registration is requested through the following link: https://friendsofroethke.org/event-registration/speaker-series-may-24



May 25, 2022 | Doors 5:30pm | Readings start at 6:30pm
What: Poetry Open Mic
Historic Garden

Bring a poem of your own to read out in the Saginaw Art Museum gardens! If you plan to attend pre-registration is requested but not required. Poets can sign up upon arrival at the event.

Location: Saginaw Art Museum – 1126 N. Michigan Avenue

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