David Berman

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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.


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 Charlott ...

David Berman Poems


Walking through a field with my little brother Seth

I pointed to a place where kids had made angels in the snow.
For some reason, I told him that a troop of angels

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 Charm Of 5:30

It's too nice a day to read a novel set in England.

We're within inches of the perfect distance from the sun,
the sky is blueberries and cream,

Imagining Defeat

She woke me up at dawn,
her suitcase like a little brown dog at her heels.

I sat up and looked out the window

Oh Where

Where did you go, my dear, my day;
Where, oh where, did you go?
To market, to maker of market, to say
Too much of the little I know.

David Berman Comments

Patrick Murphy 29 March 2014

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.

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John Raubenheimer 28 March 2012

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.

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Koena Mokoena 30 March 2012

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

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John Richter 01 April 2015

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...

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Danny Cutup 08 December 2004

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

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bitter sweet 09 August 2019

hope you have a great trip. RIP

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adam gelatt 08 August 2019

goodbye _______________________________

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fyiinfo 29 May 2019

There are two poets named David Berman. The first nine poems posted here are by by David Berman (1934-2017) and the last five by David Berman (1967-) .

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Gabby 14 May 2018

I have question is he still alive?

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Sara Gonsalves 02 May 2018

It sucks that you guys don't even have his best poem on here. Classic Waters, look it up. All time favorite! !

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