Theodore Roethke

  • Poems that praise God must create the belief that God believes in the writer of the poem.
  • It is hard to be both plain and direct and not appear a fool to contemporaries fed on allusions, sibylline coziness, hints and shadows.
  • Perhaps no person can be a poet, or enjoy poetry, without [an] unsoundness of mind.
  • The poet: would rather eat a heart than a hambone.
  • Live in perpetual, great astonishment.
  • Beware when you think you have found what you want.
  • — “The Poet’s Business”