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Author: ROETHKE, THEODORE
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Roethke, Theodore    Poet's Biography
100 poems available by this author


A ROUSE FOR STEVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Wallace stevens, what's he done?
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


A WHEEZE FOR WYSTAN    Poem Text    
First Line: If auden's aunt could love a plant
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973)


AGAINST DISASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am out of element
Subject(s): Despair


BIG WIND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Where were the greenhouses going
Subject(s): Wind


BOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Negative tree, you are belief
Subject(s): Birds; Inertia


BRING THE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Bees and lilies there were
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


CHILD ON TOP OF A GREENHOUSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The wind billowing out the seat of my britches
Subject(s): Greenhouses


DEATH PIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: Invention sleeps within a skull
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DOLOR    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I have known the inexorable sadness of pencils
Variant Title(s): Dolour
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Grief; Office Employees; Social Protest; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Sorrow; Sadness; Clerks


DUET    Poem Text    
First Line: O when you were little, you were really big
Subject(s): Kierkegaard, Soren (1813-1855)


ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Her face like a rain-beaten stone on the day she rolled


ELEGY FOR JANE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I remember the neckcurls, limp and damp as tendrils
Subject(s): Accidents; Death; Fathers & Daughters; Labor & Laborers; Youth; Dead, The; Work; Workers


EPIDERMAL MACABRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Indelicate is he who loathes
Subject(s): Hate


FOR AN AMOROUS LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: The pensive gnu, the staid aardvark,
Subject(s): Women; Animals; Love


FRAU BAUMAN, FRAU SCHMIDT, AND FRAU SCHWARTZE    Poem Text    
First Line: Gone the three ancient ladies
Subject(s): Greenhouses; Labor & Laborers; Old Age; Women; Work; Workers


FUGITIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The supple virtue of her mind
Subject(s): Women


HEARD IN A VIOLENT WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: In heaven, too, / you'd be institutionalized
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress


I KNEW A WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew a woman, lovely in her bones
Subject(s): Desire; Love; Men; Women


IN A DARK TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: In a dark time, the eye begins to see
Subject(s): Despair; Insanity; Night; Madness; Mental Illness; Bedtime


INFIRMITY    Poem Text    
First Line: In purest song one plays the constant fool
Subject(s): Self


JOURNEY INTO THE INTERIOR    Poem Text    
First Line: In the long journey out of the self,
Subject(s): Travel; Landscape; Journeys; Trips


JUDGE NOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Faces greying faster than loam-crumbs on a harrow
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


LONG LIVE THE WEEDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Long live the weeds that overwhelm
Subject(s): Weeds


MEDITATIONS OF AN OLD WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: On love's worst ugly day
Subject(s): Old Age; Women


MOSS-GATHERING    Poem Text    
First Line: To loosen with all ten fingers held wide and limber
Subject(s): Moss


MY PAPA'S WALTZ    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The whiskey on your breath / could make a small boy dizzy
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Dancing & Dancers; Fathers; Men; Night; Play; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Bedtime


NIGHT JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now as the train bears west
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


NORTH AMERICAN SEQUENCE: JOURNEY TO THE INTERIOR       
First Line: In the long journey out of the self
Subject(s): Self


NORTH AMERICAN SEQUENCE: MEDITATION AT OYSTER RIVER       
First Line: Over the low, barnacled, elephant-colored rocks
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


NORTH AMERICAN SEQUENCE: THE ROSE       
First Line: There are those to whom place is unimportant
Subject(s): Flowers; Nature; Roses


O LULL ME, LULL ME    Poem Text    
First Line: One sigh stretches heaven
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Consolation; Songs


O, THOU OPENING, O    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll make it, but it may take me


OLD FLORIST       
First Line: That hump of a man bunching chrysanthemums
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


ORCHIDS    Poem Text    
First Line: They lean over the path
Subject(s): Orchids


ORDERS FOR THE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Hands, hard and veined all over
Subject(s): Body, Human


PICKLE BELT    Poem Text    
First Line: The fruit rolled by all day.
Subject(s): Pickles


PIPLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold the critic, pitched like the castrati
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism; Hate


PROGNOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Diffuse the outpourings of the spiritual coward
Subject(s): Life


REPLY TO CESNURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Repulse the staring eye
Subject(s): Self-reliance


ROOT CELLAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing would sleep in that cellar, dank as a ditch
Subject(s): Cellars; Basements


SALE    Poem Text    
First Line: For sale: by order of the remaining heirs
Subject(s): Estate Sales


SECOND SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Cast on the field from that full height
Subject(s): Time


SENSIBILITY! O LA!    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm the serpent of somebody else


SHE    Poem Text    
First Line: I think the dead are tender. Shall we kiss?
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


SLOW SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: Now light is less; noon skies are wide and deep;


SLUG    Poem Text    
First Line: How I loved one like you when I was little!
Subject(s): Blake, William (1757-1827); Slugs


SONG FOR THE SQUEEZE BOX    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Gambling; Money; Loss; Unemployment; Wine; Wagering; Betting


SUMMER SCHOOL MARMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Their antics could invite the easy sneer
Subject(s): Gossip


SUPPER WITH LINDSAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I deal in wisdom, not in dry desire
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE ABYSS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been spoken to variously / but heard little


THE ADAMANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Thought does not crush to stone.
Subject(s): Truth


THE ALLIGATOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The alligator chased his tail
Subject(s): Alligators


THE APPARITION    Poem Text    
First Line: My pillow won't tell me
Subject(s): Love


THE AUCTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Once on returning home, purse-proud and hale
Subject(s): Home; Auctions; Property; Possessions


THE BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: By day the bat is cousin to the mouse
Subject(s): Animals; Supernatural


THE BRINGER OF TIDINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: An early bearer of the news
Subject(s): Messages & Messangers


THE CEILING    Poem Text    
First Line: Suppose the ceiling went outside
Subject(s): Houses


THE CHAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: A funny thing about a chair:
Subject(s): Chairs


THE COMING OF THE COLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The ribs of leaves lie in the dust


THE DECISION    Poem Text    
First Line: What shakes the eye but the invisible
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE DONKEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I had a donkey, that was all right
Subject(s): Donkeys; Burros


THE DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I met her as a blossom on a stem
Subject(s): Dreams; Love; Nightmares


THE FAR FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: I dream of journeys repeatedly
Subject(s): Travel; Rivers; Death; Journeys; Trips; Dead, The


THE FOLLIES OF ADAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Read me euripides
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


THE GERANIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: When I put her out, once, by the garbage pail,
Subject(s): Geraniums


THE GOSSIPS    Poem Text    
First Line: The vulturine necks stretch out; the mean eyes bunch
Subject(s): Schools; Summer; Students


THE HERON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The heron stands in water where the swamp
Subject(s): Birds; Herons


THE HIPPO    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Hippopotamuses


THE LIZARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The time to tickle a lizard
Subject(s): Lizards


THE LONG ALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: A river glides out of the grass. A river or a serpent


THE LOST SON    Poem Text    
First Line: At woodlawn I heard the dead cry
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


THE MINIMAL    Poem Text    
First Line: I study the lives on a leaf; the little
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


THE MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: We passed the ice of pain
Subject(s): Happiness; Love - Erotic; Joy; Delight


THE PAUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have walked past my widest range
Subject(s): Explorers; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers


THE PIKE    Poem Text    
First Line: The river turns
Subject(s): Sports


THE PREMONITION    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking this field I remember


THE RECKONING    Poem Text    
First Line: All profits disappear; the gain
Subject(s): Money; Problems


THE REMINDER    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember the crossing-tender's geranium border
Subject(s): Memory


THE REPLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Bird, bird, don't edge me in
Subject(s): Birds; Life


THE RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: I circled on leather paws
Subject(s): Home


THE SERPENT    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a serpent who had to sing
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


THE SHY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The full moon was shining upon the broad sea
Subject(s): Hearts; Kisses; Love


THE SIGNALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Often I meet, on walking from a door


THE SLOTH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In moving slow he has no peer
Subject(s): Sloths


THE SMALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The small birds swirl around;
Subject(s): Birds; Size & Shape; Height


THE SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a young snake glide
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


THE STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Against the stone breakwater,
Subject(s): Hurricanes


THE SUMMONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now all who love the best
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE SWAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I study out a dark similitude
Subject(s): Native Americans - Pre-columbian


THE THING    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly they came flying, like a long scarf of smoke
Subject(s): Birds


THE UNEXTINGUISHED    Poem Text    
First Line: Clouds glow like coals just fresh from fire, a flare
Subject(s): Fire; Light


THE VISITANT    Poem Text    
First Line: A cloud moved close. The bulk of the wind shifted
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


THE WAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow
Subject(s): Men; Night; Religion; Sleep; Waking; Bedtime; Theology


THE WAKING (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: I strolled across / an open field
Subject(s): Fate; Waking; Destiny


TO AN ANTHROPOLOGIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, even the devil should have his due
Subject(s): Books; Reading


TRANSPLANTING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Watching hands transplanting
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


VERNAL SENTIMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Though the crocuses poke up their heads in the usual places
Subject(s): Spring


WEED PULLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the concrete benches
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


WISH FOR A YOUNG WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: My lizard, my lively writher
Subject(s): Life Change Events; Love


WORDS IN THE VIOLENT WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: In heaven, too
Subject(s): Insanity; Poetry & Poets; Madness; Mental Illness