John Berryman 25 October 1914 - 7 January 1972

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The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business.
John Berryman (1914-1972), U.S. poet. Interview in Writers at Work, Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1976).

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This guy Berryman makes my itch.
I am reading Dream Songs. I cant really like this poetry. I like Lowell so much, I thought I could eventually like Berryman, but no. Lowell is sculptural, so dramatic and so inventive. Berryman just seems kind of...whiny
Came here just to find some of the Dream Songs. Are there lots of poets who are unreadable on this sight?
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