Delusions, Etc. by John Berryman

By John Berryman

Mr. Berryman's posthumous publication of poems, Delusions, Etc., have been accomplished and used to be in facts earlier than his demise on January 7, 1972. the hole part, "Opus Dei," is a chain of 8 poems in accordance with the places of work of the day from Lauds to Compline—the strains above being quoted from Nones. half involves 5 poems whose topic are George Washington ("Rectitude, and the bad upstanding member"), Beethoven, Emily Dickinson, Georg Trakl, and Dylan Thomas. The 13 poems within the 3rd half comprise "Gislebertus' Eve," "Scholars on the Orchid Pavilion," "Ecce Homo," Tampa Stomp," and "Hello." The fourth half is prepared as a scherzo. It begins with "Navajo surroundings the list Straight" and ends with "Damn You, Jim D., You Woke Me Up." The concluding part is reflective and meditative in tone, with "The Prayer of the Middle-Aged Man," "Somber Prayer," "Minnesota Thanksgiving," and "A ordinary Prayer," and a coda that rises to the excessive spirits of "King David Dances." Delusions, and so forth. is a powerful choice of verse via the most unique poets of our time, whose loss of life on the peak of his powers is a sad loss to letters.

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We’d never have this at home. He never lets a thing run down so as to divide it among his fellows, and I’m so experienced now, I can’t escape his règles du jeu, or my own. — 40 — You’ll go and say it was a dream. I certainly wanted it to be one. As I was taking my rest under a lime tree, preparing myself to come back here, disappointed with the city that never materialized or had already sunk (all of this probably suggesting he had a fancy or at least business somewhere I knew little about) I looked up at those branches – they offered some uncertain shade – and spotted a hawk looming.

They say, in our most beautiful advances as in our terrible prognostications, it is the lot — 45 — of the artist as the immigrant, in body or in mind, never to fully adapt, not even out of love, but to be killed or, as he or she finds it in their power, to kill and to consume. — 46 — A NEWER WILDERNESS We are astonished with our capacity to alter the world’s evolving, not only the damage or salvation we wreak upon the environment, but through this apparent meddling, the slight yet substantial ways we modify language, law, and human sympathy.

Masterful, the things kids create, though they don’t know it. That’s what we say, but they’re always aware. Proud, the kid squirts paste on the eye he’s made (a freckle rimming the iris, just like his dad’s) to fake glaucoma. Then, magic. He waves his rubber fish above the eye and wipes off the gall so it can be seen again. — 63 — vii. in the garden John 20:14-17 You would not believe it was his daughter either, if you sat with her as he sat through the mandatories and the electives, if you had watched her come out of the convent, (their play on l’hôpital or l’hôtel dieu) wrapped in linens, almost gone.

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