Ronald Koertge Poems
- The Streetsweeper goes by at 1:00 a.m. two nights of the ...
- Sidekicks They were never handsome and often came with a ...
- An Infinite Number Of Monkeys After all the Shakespeare, the ...
- Fault In the airport bar, I tell my mother not to worry. No ...
- Grand Avenue When the Lexus hit that pigeon, he lay ...
- Ornithology Walking toward the library, I pass three ...
- Fever Delores Del Rio takes a walking tour of my body. ...
Ron Koertge was born in Olney, Illinois, April 22, 1940
Ronald Koertge is the author of poetry collections like Dairy Cows, Life on the Edge of the Continent: Selected Poems, and Making Love to Roget’s Wife (University of Arkansas Press).
He has also written a novel, The Boogeyman, a lot of young adult novels, including Arizona Kid, Mariposa Blues, Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, and Confess-O-Rama.
Koertge recently retired from Pasadena City College after 37 years of teaching. more »
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goes by at 1:00 a.m. two nights of the week. I can
hear the feather whoosh of his machine and see
one red light.
I believe that the streetsweeper lives alone,
through the cold days, waking clear-eyed and deft
as the sun goes down.
I believe that he works steadily without a portable
radio or a reading light or a nap. When he pauses
it is to stare placidly into
the potent night.
For reasons too numerous to mention, I think
streetsweeper often and about the singular,
cadence of his life.