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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Winter Landscape

The three men coming down the winter hill
In brown, with tall poles and a pack of hounds
At heel, through the arrangement of the trees,
Past the five figures at the burning straw,
Returning cold and silent to their town,

Returning to the drifted snow, the rink
Lively with children, to the older men,
The long companions they can never reach,

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