David Berman

(4 January 1967 / Williamsburg, Virginia)

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David Berman is an American poet, cartoonist, and singer-songwriter best known for his work with indie-rock band the Silver Jews.

Biography

David Berman was born January 4, 1967 in Williamsburg, Virginia. He attended high school at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, before matriculating at the University of Virginia. While in Charlottesville, Virginia, Berman began writing and performing songs (often left on friends' voice message machines) with his loose band, Ectoslavia, primarily composed of UVA classmates Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich.

Upon graduation from the University of Virginia, the trio moved to Hoboken, New Jersey, where they shared an ... more »

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  • Silver Star - 3,852 Points John Richter (4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM)

    David, just found your poem 'Snow' on Modern Poem of the Day... As a mostly classical writer I've never really warmed up to modern poetry but your 'Snow' is certainly one of those exceptions... Awesome. It might be because my brother and I used to shovel driveways as kids too... Sorry to hear about the fall out with your dad. If you don't mind taking some advice form an admiring stranger then just drop it man, it ain't worth all that.... Guns are not going away, but our dad will be. You don't want to be in that cold place when he's gone.... Just some love for you dude...

  • Rookie Patrick Murphy (3/29/2014 10:19:00 AM)

    I'm of the opinion that David Berman should, along with his so called modern poetry be consigned to the garbage can. Complete and utter trash.

  • Rookie - 163 Points Koena Mokoena (3/30/2012 2:49:00 AM)

    I am inspired by your poem that is titled Self-Portrait At 28, hence i am that kind of a person who is self-motivated. I also compose poems in my spare time, hence you can visit my website on the following address. Your correspondence will be highly appreciated.

    Have a nice day!

    Yours sincerely.
    Mr. Koena France Mokoena
    Country: South Africa
    Website: www.poemhunter.com/kfmproductions

  • Rookie - 63 Points John Raubenheimer (3/28/2012 2:10:00 PM)

    Today one of David Berman's poems was sent me by PoemHunter. I just kept reading and reading, soaking up the discursive swag-bag of ideas... making a story, which intrigued and transfixed me. I wish I had written down the title. I loved the work. Thank you. It is for poems like this that I live and breathe.

  • Rookie Sam Howard (8/30/2008 1:50:00 AM)

    very cool stuff, and now i have to add at least 20 character spaces

  • Rookie Danny Cutup (12/8/2004 2:56:00 PM)

    i saw you read at umass a few years ago, we had a conversation in the bathroom. you're awesome

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Best Poem of David Berman

Self-Portrait At 28

I know it's a bad title
but I'm giving it to myself as a gift
on a day nearly canceled by sunlight
when the entire hill is approaching
the ideal of Virginia
brochured with goldenrod and loblolly
and I think "at least I have not woken up
with a bloody knife in my hand"
by then having absently wandered
one hundred yards from the house
while still seated in this chair
with my eyes closed.

It is a certain hill
the one I imagine when I hear the word "hill"
and if the apocalypse turns out
to be a world-wide nervous breakdown
if our five billion ...

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