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ROTC Kills: Poems

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From award-winning poet John Koethe, a rich and resonant new collection that moves easily between autobiographical anecdote and philosophical reflection.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Harper Perennial
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Liam
Dec 10, 2014 Liam rated it it was amazing
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This is a great collection if you like philosophy intersecting with poetry. It talks of time and timelessness, also the future and what it means personally. What did the past mean and are we the same now as we were in the past? We change, but what changes about us and how we think and how we think about thinking. Some of the poems are sad and I liked that mix. Many were more akin to stories than poems, so prose poems.
Leif
Dec 21, 2013 Leif rated it really liked it
Read this in the cool morning air before your coffee has startled your nerves into being, and trust me: Koethe knows what he's doing. Elegance, soft wit, and a quiet sense of philosophical depth – there's a lot here to love.
Kelly
Nov 13, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
I never read poetry outside of class when I was in school because English class made it feel like work so I'm just now discovering it. This collection was fantastic - the poems and essays stood alone as discrete entities but the whole book was more than the sum of its parts.
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Aug 22, 2014 T Fool rated it liked it
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This is the where the philosopher and the poet overlap terrain. Koethe (I want to pronounce his name alternately either like 'Goethe' or like 'Keith') has taught university philosophy courses, and that mental discipline shows itself. Some of the pieces in this do not look like, nor do they read like, poetry. They don’t shock with ‘surreality’, either, as prose poems aim to do.

The ones that don’t read as we might expect them to, read relaxed. Their writing doesn’t seem tailored in the way a luxur
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John Koethe is an American poet, essayist and professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Koethe is originally from San Diego, California. He was educated at Princeton University and Harvard University.Koethe's published work includes Blue Vents (Audit/Poetry, 1969), Domes (Columbia University Press, 1973), The Late Wisconsin Spring (Princeton University Press, 1984), The ...more
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