John Berryman

(25 October 1914 - 7 January 1972 / McAlester, Oklahoma)

John Berryman Poems

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1. Dream Song 50: In A Motion Of Night They Massed Nearer My Post 1/13/2003
2. Dream Song 25: Henry, Edged, Decidedly, Made Up Stories 1/13/2003
3. Dream Song 15: Let Us Suppose, Valleys &Amp; Such Ago 1/13/2003
4. Dream Song 78: Op. Posth. No. 1 1/13/2003
5. Dream Song 72: The Elder Presences 1/13/2003
6. Dream Song 71: Spellbound Held Subtle Henry All His Four 1/13/2003
7. Dream Song 8: The Weather Was Fine. They Took Away His Teeth 1/13/2003
8. Dream Song 93: General Fatigue Stalked In, & A Major-General 1/1/2004
9. Sonnet 115 - All We Were Going Strong Last Night This Time 1/13/2003
10. Dream Song 3: A Stimulant For An Old Beast 1/13/2003
11. Dream Song 81: Op. Posth. No. 4 1/13/2003
12. Dream Song 69: Love Her He Doesn'T But The Thought He Puts 1/13/2003
13. Dream Song 16: Henry's Pelt Was Put On Sundry Walls 1/13/2003
14. Dream Song 17: Muttered Henry:&Mdash;Lord Of Matter, Thus 1/13/2003
15. Dream Song 119: Fresh-Shaven, Past Months &Amp; A Picture In New York 1/13/2003
16. Dream Song 11: His Mother Goes. The Mother Comes &Amp; Goes. 1/13/2003
17. Dream Song 82: Op. Posth. No. 5 1/13/2003
18. Dream Song 89: Op. Posth. No. 12 1/13/2003
19. Dream Song 9: Deprived Of His Enemy, Shrugged To A Standstill 1/13/2003
20. Dream Song 114: Henry In Trouble Whirped Out Lonely Whines 1/13/2003
21. Filling Her Compact & Delicious Body 1/3/2003
22. Dream Song 103: I Consider A Song Will Be As Humming-Bird 1/13/2003
23. Dream Song 101: A Shallow Lake, With Many Waterbirds 1/13/2003
24. Dream Song 18: A Strut For Roethke 1/13/2003
25. Dream Song 133: As He Grew Famous&Mdash;Ah, But What Is Fame? 1/13/2003
26. Dream Song 44: Tell It To The Forest Fire, Tell It To The Moon 1/13/2003
27. Dream Song 20: The Secret Of The Wisdom 1/13/2003
28. Dream Song 129: Thin As A Sheet His Mother Came To Him 1/13/2003
29. Dream Song 134: Sick At 6 & Sick Again At 9 1/1/2004
30. Dream Song 66: 'All Virtues Enter Into This World:') 1/13/2003
31. Dream Song 10: There Were Strange Gatherings. A Vote Would Come 1/13/2003
32. Dream Song 115: Her Properties, Like Her Of Course &Amp; Frisky &Amp; New 1/13/2003
33. Dream Song 48: He Yelled At Me In Greek 1/13/2003
34. Dream Song 59: Henry's Meditation In The Kremlin 1/13/2003
35. Dream Song 61: Full Moon. Our Narragansett Gales Subside 1/13/2003
36. Dream Song 60: Afters Eight Years, Be Less Dan Eight Percent 1/13/2003
37. Dream Song 21: Some Good People, Daring &Amp; Subtle Voices 1/13/2003
38. Dream Song 68: I Heard, Could Be, A Hey There From The Wing 1/13/2003
39. Dream Song 113: Or Amy Vladeck Or Riva Freifeld 1/13/2003
40. Dream Song 32: And Where, Friend Quo, Lay You Hiding 1/13/2003
Best Poem of John Berryman

The Ball Poem

What is the boy now, who has lost his ball,
What, what is he to do? I saw it go
Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then
Merrily over--there it is in the water!
No use to say 'O there are other balls':
An ultimate shaking grief fixes the boy
As he stands rigid, trembling, staring down
All his young days into the harbour where
His ball went. I would not intrude on him,
A dime, another ball, is worthless. Now
He senses first responsibility
In a world of possessions. People will take balls,
Balls will be lost always, little boy,
And no one buys a ball...

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Dream Song 99: Temples

He does not live here but it is the god.
A priest tools in a top his motorbike.
You do not enter.
Us the landscape circles hard abroad,
sunned, stone. Like calls, too low, to like.

One submachine-gun cleared the Durga Temple.

It is very dark here in this groping forth

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