Books: Last Poems

THE FAR FIELD by Theodore Roefhke. 95 pages. Doubleday. $3.50.

"What I love is near at hand, / Always, in earth and air," Theodore Roethke wrote in the title poem of this last collection. What he loved was growing things (no important U.S. poet since Thoreau has been less citified) and their textures. What he celebrated was his love for his young wife (now 38, she had been his student at Bennington College, where he taught English). And what he feared was death.

And as death approached (he died last summer, aged 55, of a heart attack), his poems seem to have taken...

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