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Collected Poems, 1937-1971

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This volume brings together all of Berryman’s poetry, except for his epic The Dream Songs, ranging from his earliest unpublished poem (1934) to those written in the last months of his life (1972). A definitive edition of one of America’s most distinguished poets.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1989)
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Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
The collection contains all the poems but The Dream Songs, which are collected separately. I found that this book was a good entry point for reading and understanding Berryman. The edition also offers a descent biography, if , like me you have little knowledge of Berryman and his work.
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John Allyn Berryman (originally John Allyn Smith) was an American poet, born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was a major figure in American poetry in the second half of the 20th century and often considered one of the founders of the Confessional school of poetry. He was the author of The Dream Songs, which are playful, witty, and morbid. Berryman committed suicide in 1972.

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