Saturday, May 25, 2019

Brian Beatty On John Berryman


Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to John Berryman (1914-1972)

I wouldn’t write at all if it weren’t for myriad writers before me whose works showed me what was possible. The poems of this series are small offerings of respect, of thanks, to those muses. – Brian Beatty

John Berryman

Henry organized books
in tidy library rows.

Bones was the one
with their swept beard.

The water hit hard.

– Brian Beatty


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  1. For a couple of years during college I carried two books with me everywhere I went: Berryman's Dream Songs and the Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. Those banged up paperbacks often distracted me from assigned reading and other class work. No regrets.

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