John Berryman Collected Poems, 1937-1971

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List price: $25.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 8/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

John Berryman's poetry has a depth and obscurity that discourages many readers while it entices critics. His major work, The Dream Songs (1969), forms a poetic notebook that captures the ephemera of mood and attitude of this most mercurial of poets. Born John Smith in McAlester, Oklahoma, in 1914 and educated at Columbia University and Clare College, Cambridge, he later taught at several universities. Berryman received the Shelley Memorial Award (1948), the Harriet Monroe Award (1957), the Loines Award for poetry of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1964), and the fellowship of the Academy of American Poets (1966). In 1964 he won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for 77 Dream Songs (1964). His short story "The Imaginary Jew" received the Kenyon-Doubleday Award and was listed in Best American Short Stories, (1946). He also wrote Stephen Crane (1950) and is the author of a novel, Recovery (1973). Often listed along with Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton as a major confessional poet, he was as much concerned with literary artifice as he was with personal revelation. Berryman committed suicide in 1972.

Editor's Note
The Dispossessed [1948]
Winter Landscape
The Statue
The Disciple
A Point of Age
The Traveller
The Ball Poem
Fare Well
The Spinning Heart
On the London Train
The Possessed
Parting as Descent
Cloud and Flame
Letter to His Brother
Desires of Men and Women
World's Fair
Travelling South
At Chinese Checkers
The Animal Trainer (1)
The Animal Trainer (2)
1 September 1939
Desire Is a World by Night
Farewell to Miles
The Moon and the Night and the Men
White Feather
The Enemies of the Angels
A Poem for Bhain
Boston Common
Canto Amor
The Nervous Songs
Young Woman's Song
The Song of the Demented Priest
The Song of the Young Hawaiian
A Professor's Song
The Captain's Song
The Song of the Tortured Girl
The Song of the Bridegroom
Song of the Man Forsaken and Obsessed
The Pacifist's Song
Surviving Love
The Lightning
Rock-Study with Wanderer
Whether There Is Sorrow in the Demons
The Long Home
A Winter-Piece to a Friend Away
New Year's Eve
Narcissus Moving
The Dispossessed
Sonnets to Chris [1947, 1966]
"I wished, all the mild days of middle March"
"Your shining--where?--rays my wide room with gold"
"Who for those ages ever without some blood"
"Ah when you drift hover before you kiss"
"The poet hunched, so, whom the worlds admire"
"Rackman and victim twist: sounds all these weeks"
"I've found out why, that day, that suicide"
"College of cocktails, a few gentlemen"
"Great citadels whereon the gold sun falls"
"You in your stone home where the sycamore"
"I expect you from the North. The path winds in"
"Mutinous in the half-light, and malignant, grind"
"I lift--lift you five States away your glass"
"Moths white as ghosts among these hundreds cling"
"What was Ashore, then? .. Cargoed with Forget"
"Thrice, or I moved to sack, I saw you: how"
"The Old Boys' blazers like a Mardi-Gras"
"You, Chris, contrite I never thought to see"
"You sailed in sky-high, with your speech askew"
"Presidential flags! and the General is here"
"Whom undone David upto the dire van sent"
"If not white shorts--then in a princess gown"
"They may, because I would not cloy your ear--"
"Still it pleads and rankles: 'Why do you love me?'"
"Sometimes the night echoes to prideless wailing"
"Crouched on a ridge sloping to where you pour"
"In a poem made by Cummings, long since, his"
"A wasp skims nearby up the bright warm air"
"The cold rewards trail in, when the man is blind"
"Of all that weeks-long day, though call it back"
"Troubling are masks .. the faces of friends, my face"
"How shall I sing, western and dry and thin"
"Audacities and fetes of the drunken weeks!"
"'I couldn't leave you' you confessed next day."
"Nothing there? nothing up the sky alive"
"Keep your eyes open when you kiss: do: when"
"Sigh as it ends .. I keep an eye on your"
"Musculatures and skulls. Later some throng"
"And does the old wound shudder open? Shall"
"Marble nor monuments whereof then we spoke"
"And Plough-month peters out .. its thermal power"
"The clots of age, grovel and palsy, crave"
"You should be gone in winter, that Nature mourn"
"Bell to sore knees vestigial crowds, let crush"
"Boy twenty-one, in Donne, shied like a blow"
"Are we? You murmur 'not'. What of the night-"
"How far upon these songs with my strict wrist"
"I've met your friend at last, your violent friend"
"One note, a daisy, and a photograph"
"They come too thick, hail-hard, and all beside"
"A tongue there is wags, down in the dark wood O"
"A sullen brook hardly would satisfy"
"Some sketch sweat' out, unwilling swift and crude"
"It was the sky all day I grew to and saw."
"When I recall I could believe you'd go"
"Sunderings and luxations, luxe, and grief-"
"Our love conducted as in tropic rain"
"Sensible, coarse, and moral; in decent brown"
"Loves are the summer's. Summer like a bee"
"Today is it? Is it today? I shudder"
"Languid the songs I wish I willed .. I try .."
"Tyranny of your car--so far resembles"
"Here too you came and sat a time once, drinking."
"The dew is drying fast, a last drop glistens"
"Once when they found me, some refrain 'Quoi faire?'"
"Astronomies and slangs to find you, dear"
"Faith like the warrior ant swarming, enslaving"
"Where the lane from the highway swerves the first drops fell"
"For you am I collared to quit my dear"
"October's both, back in the Sooner State"
"Our Sunday morning when dawn-priests were applying"
"A Cambridge friend put in,--one whom I used"
"Demand me again what Kafka's riddles mean"
"All I did wrong, all the Grand Guignol years"
"Swarthy when young; who took the tonsure; sign"
"The two plantations Greatgrandmother brought"
"Fall and rise of her midriff bells. I watch."
"On the wheat-sacks sullen with the ceaseless damp"
"I dreamt he drove me back to the asylum"
"Infallible symbolist!--Tanker driven ashore"
"Four oval shadows, paired, ringed each by sun"
"Why can't, Chris, why shouldn't they fall in love?"
"Impossible to speak to her, and worse"
"How shall I do, to pass the weary time"
"Spendthrift Urethra--Sphincter, frugal one"
"Our lives before hopelessly our mistake!"
"Is it possible, poor kids, you must not come out?"
"Anomalous I linger, and ignore"
"'If long enough I sit here, she, she'll pass.'"
"For you an idyl, was it not, so far"
"Itself a lightning-flash ripping the 'dark"
"What can to you this music wakes my years"
"The man who made her let me climb the derrick"
"Most strange, my change, this nervous interim.--"
"'Old Smoky' when you sing with Robin, Chris"
"It will seem strange, no more this range on range"
"I say I laid siege--you enchanted me .."
"Mallarme siren upside down,--rootedly!"
"A murmuration of the shallow, Crane"
"I am interested alone in making ready"
"Because I'd seen you not believe your lover"
"A penny, pity, for the runaway ass!"
"A 'broken heart' .. but can a heart break, now?"
"A spot of poontang on a five-foot piece"
"Three, almost, now into the ass's years"
"Began with swirling, blind, unstilled oh still"
"Darling I wait O in my upstairs box"
"I owe you, do I not, a roofer: though"
"Menage a trois, like Tristan's,--difficult! .."
"'Ring us up when you want to see us ...'--'Sure'"
"Christian to Try: 'I am so coxed in it'"
"I break my pace now for a sonic boom"
"'I didn't see anyone else, I just saw Lies'"
"You come blonde visiting through the black air"
"As usual I'm up before the sun"
"Outlaws claw mostly to a riddled end"
"All we were going strong last night this time"
Homage to Mistress Bradstreet [1953]
from His Thought Made Pockets and the Plane Buckt [1958]
Venice, 182-
Scots Poem
The Mysteries
They Have
The Poet's Final Instructions
from The Black Book (i)
from The Black Book (ii)
from The Black Book (iii)
A Sympathy, A Welcome
Not to Live
American Lights, Seen From Off Abroad
Note to Wang Wei
Formal Elegy [1964]
Love and Fame [1971]
Her and It
Cadenza on Garnette
Shirley and Auden
Freshman Blues
Images of Elspeth
My Special Fate
Down and Back
Two Organs
In and Out
The Heroes
First Night at Sea
The Other Cambridge
Views of Myself
The Search
Have a Genuine American Horror-and-Mist on the Rocks
To a Woman
A Huddle of Need
Of Suicide
Dante's Tomb
The Hell Poem
Death Ballad
'I Know'
The Home Ballad
Eleven Addresses to the Lord
"Master of beauty"
"Holy, as I suppose"
"Sole watchman"
"If I say Thy name"
"Holy, and holy"
"Under new management"
"After a Stoic"
A Prayer for the Self
"Surprise me"
"Fearful I peer"
"Germanicus leapt"
Delusions etc of John Berryman [1972]
Opus Dei
Interstitial Office
Washington in Love
Beethoven Triumphant
Your Birthday in Wisconsin You Are 140
Drugs Alcohol Little Sister
In Memoriam (1914-1953)
Gislebertus' Eve
Scholars at the Orchid Pavilion
Tampa Stomp
Old Man Goes South Again Alone
The Handshake, The Entrance
Lines to Mr Frost
He Resigns
The Form
Ecce Homo
A Prayer After All
Navajo Setting the Record Straight
Henry By Night
Henry's Understanding
Defensio in Extremis
Damn You, Jim D., You Woke Me Up
Somber Prayer
Unknowable? perhaps not altogether
Minnesota Thanksgiving
A Usual Prayer
Overseas Prayer
Certainty Before Lunch
The Prayer of the Middle-Aged Man
'How Do You Do, Dr Berryman, Sir?'
The Facts and Issues
King David Dances
Early Poems
from "Twenty Poems" in Five Young American Poets [1940]
Song from "Cleopatra"
The Apparition
The Trial
Night and the City
Nineteen Thirty-Eight
The Curse
Ceremony and Vision
from Poems [1942]
The Dangerous Year
River Rouge, 1932
Thanksgiving: Detroit
Berryman's Published Prefaces, Notes, and Dedications
Editor's Notes, Guidelines, and Procedures
Copy-Texts and Variants
Index of Titles and First Lines
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