Roethke on Faulkner

In a letter to Kenneth Burke, dated Feb. 8, 1949, Ted Roethke notes:

…Hope you like the kid’s piece. Off-hand, I don’t know anyone who’s tried this before, with any success. Joeyce is something else. (Yearh, yeah, and a slackened tension, often). Also Faulkner in As I Lay Dying isn’t the same, and doesn’t hold up so well on re-reading.

The “kid’s piece” is in reference to a poem Roethke had out for submission at the time, written from the perspective of a small child. The poem is titled “Where Knock is Open Wide”; the only place I can find it is on JSTOR, here.

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