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John Berryman
American poet

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We must travel in the direction of our fear.
-- 'A Point of Age' (1942)

The moon came up late and the night was cold,
Many men died -- although we know the fate
Of none, not of anyone, and the war
Goes on, and the moon in the breast of man is cold.
-- 'The Moon and the Night and the Men' (1948)

Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so. (...)
And moreover my mother taught me as a boy
(repeatingly) 'Ever to confess you're bored
means you have no
Inner Resources.' I conclude now I have no
inner resources, because I am heavy bored.
-- 'Dream Song No. 14 (1964)

I seldom go to films. They are too exciting,
said the Honorable Possum.
-- 'Dream Song No. 53 (1964)

Bats have no bankers and they do not drink
And cannot be arrested and pay no tax
and, in general, bats have it made.
-- 'Dream Song No. 63' (1964)

A lone letter from a young man: that is fame.
-- 'Dream Song No. 342' (1964)

Fan mail from foreign countries, is that fame?
-- The Dream Songs (1968)

Filling her compact and delicious body
with chicken paprika, she glanced at me
-- The Dream Songs (1968)

My girls suffered during this month or so,
so did my seminars & lectures &
my poetry even. To be a critic, ah
how deeper and more scientific.
-- 'Olympus' (1971)

He crusht a cigarette out. Crusht him out
Surprising God, at last, in a wink of time.
His soul was forwarded.
Adressat unbekannt.
-- 'Henry's Fate' (1977)

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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