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Theodore Roethke (1908–1963) My Papa's Waltz. The whiskey on your breath/Could make a small boy dizzy;/  But I hung on like death:/Such waltzing was not easy.//We romped until the pans/Slid from the kitchen shelf;/My mother’s countenance/Could not unfrown itself./The hand that held my wrist/Was battered on one knuckle;/At every step you missed/My right ear scraped a buckle.//You beat time on my head/With a palm caked hard by dirt,    Then waltzed me off to bed/Still clinging to your shirt.

Theodore Roethke (1908–1963) My Papa's Waltz. The whiskey on your breath/Could make a small boy dizzy;/ But I hung on like death:/Such waltzing was not easy.//We romped until the pans/Slid from the kitchen shelf;/My mother’s countenance/Could not unfrown itself./The hand that held my wrist/Was battered on one knuckle;/At every step you missed/My right ear scraped a buckle.//You beat time on my head/With a palm caked hard by dirt, Then waltzed me off to bed/Still clinging to your shirt.

Jim Harrison - If you haven't checked out his book "True North" consider your reading of the greats incomplete.

Jim Harrison - If you haven't checked out his book "True North" consider your reading of the greats incomplete.

Sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer - www.sfwriter.com. Author of the sci-fi Hominids trilogy.

Sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer - www.sfwriter.com. Author of the sci-fi Hominids trilogy.

Sergei Dovlatov. Look up "darkly comic" in the dictionary and you'll see this picture.

Sergei Dovlatov. Look up "darkly comic" in the dictionary and you'll see this picture.

Un poema de Safo recién descubierto. Retrato de Safo de Lesbos, según atribuciones. (ABC)

Un poema de Safo recién descubierto. Retrato de Safo de Lesbos, según atribuciones. (ABC)

John Edgar Wideman, author of "Brothers and Keepers."

John Edgar Wideman, author of "Brothers and Keepers."

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