Tag Archives: John Berryman

Personal History of a Troublesome Phrase

For a long time I was troubled (troubled as in the sense of a persistent itch) by a phrase that appeared on the jacket cover of the 1989 Farrar Straus Giroux edition of John Berryman’s Collected Poems.

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Henry @ 100

Bread has been broken. All along now fresh twists. Wired to work all hours, spin on toes and turntables (the kind for cakes). I’ll take my eye for symmetry: 4 roses on an 8 inch cake, keep my taste in … Continue reading

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Berryman @ 100

One October day when I was 21 years old, I taped six large sheets of newsprint together and attached the whole sheet, six feet square, to the wall just above the bed in the tiny cell of the Manhattan YMCA … Continue reading

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My 10 favorite American poets

Anthony Braxton, one of my favorite living jazz musicians, said in a recent interview that You have to be honest about who you are, and the men and women who’ve influenced you. Part of learning from someone is to acknowledge … Continue reading

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