John Berryman

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

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  • ''The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business.''
    John Berryman (1914-1972), U.S. poet. Interview in Writers at Work, Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1976).
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The Traveller

They pointed me out on the highway, and they said
'That man has a curious way of holding his head.'

They pointed me out on the beach; they said 'That man
Will never become as we are, try as he can.'

They pointed me out at the station, and the guard
Looked at me twice, thrice, thoughtfully & hard.

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