By John Berryman

This quantity brings jointly all of Berryman’s poetry, aside from his epic The Dream Songs, starting from his earliest unpublished poem (1934) to these written within the final months of his lifestyles (1972). A definitive variation of 1 of America’s so much exceptional poets.

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46 *** My clumsy oar work cuts gills into the lake as I row out beyond morning’s bleached pond murk. A duck perched on the oar, proof of my absence. *** Really it’s proof of my never having been there at all. *** The late afternoon wind in my eye unspools another song & the sweat of its music rubs open a blister on the edge of my palm. You, anonymous. Me too until we also become bodies. Un-vanishing & vanishing back. The trick of ______ like my mouth on your mouth. Hello, skeleton. Hello, lawnmower.

Somebody did, thick bootsteps in the bee mud, a dog dead & carefully scooped away Sunday’s grass heap cuttings & left the animal to beetles. Carefully scooped lumps of grass back over & it was perfect almost. Until my brother sneaking to meet a girl heard the raccoons grunting like seals, pawing the dog’s stiff leg out. My brother with a white Bic lighter. Raccoon scatter, autumn & count until forever, then you are done. 25 *** Couldn’t you see the ending before it unraveled you? Would you mind lying down first?

22 Of Bird, String, & Dragging Fables *** In the apple orchard, dragged— Well . . somebody did, thick bootsteps in the bee mud, a dog dead & carefully scooped away Sunday’s grass heap cuttings & left the animal to beetles. Carefully scooped lumps of grass back over & it was perfect almost. Until my brother sneaking to meet a girl heard the raccoons grunting like seals, pawing the dog’s stiff leg out. My brother with a white Bic lighter. Raccoon scatter, autumn & count until forever, then you are done.

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