David Berman Poems
- Self-Portrait At 28 I know it's a bad title but I'm giving ...
- Snow Walking through a field with my little brother Seth I...
- The Charm Of 5:30 It's too nice a day to read a novel set in ...
- Imagining Defeat She woke me up at dawn, her suitcase like a...
- Governors On Sominex It had been four days of no weather as ...
- The Broken Mirror My life is almost over; that's a ...
- Grace As one who, reading late into the night, When overcome...
David Berman is an American poet, cartoonist, and singer-songwriter best known for his work with indie-rock band the Silver Jews.
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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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 ...