By John Berryman
Faber are happy to announce the relaunch of the poetry checklist - beginning in Spring 2001 and carrying on with, with booklet dates every month, for the remainder of the 12 months. this can contain a brand new jacket layout recalling the typographic virtues of the vintage Faber poetry covers, connecting the backlist and the hot titles inside a unmarried embracing hide answer. a big reissue software is scheduled, to incorporate vintage person collections from every one decade, a few of that have lengthy been unavailable: Wallace Stevens's Harmonium and Ezra Pound's Personae from the Twenties; W.H. Auden's Poems (1930); Robert Lowell's existence reports from the Fifties; John Berryman's seventy seven Dream Songs and Philip Larkin's The Whitsun Weddings from the Nineteen Sixties; Ted Hughes's Gaudete and Seamus Heaney's box paintings from the Nineteen Seventies; Michael Hofmann's Acrimony and Douglas Dunn's Elegies from the Eighties. Timed to rejoice booklet of Seamus Heaney's new assortment, electrical gentle, the relaunch is meant to re-emphasize the predominance of Faber Poetry, and to rejoice a sequence which has performed a shaping function within the heritage of contemporary poetry considering the fact that its inception within the Nineteen Twenties.
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Pluckt out, the ax-end would he jab in his sole throat. As if an end. A baby, the guard may squire him to his apartments. Weeping & blood wound round his one friend. 39 34 My mother has your shotgun. One man, wide in the mind, and tendoned like a grizzly, pried to his trigger-digit, pal. He should not have done that, but, I guess, he didn’t feel the best, Sister,—felt less and more about less than us . . Now—tell me, my love, if you recall the dove light after dawn at the island and all— here is the story, Jack: he verbed for forty years, very enough, & shot & buckt—and, baby, there was of schist but small there (some).
We hear the more sin has increast, the more grace has been caused to abound. 24 21 Some good people, daring & subtle voices and their tense faces, as I think of it I see sank underground. I see. My radar digs. I do not dig. Cool their flushing blood, them eyes is shut— eyes? Appalled: by all the dead: Henry brooded. Without exception! All. ALL. The senior population waits. Come down! come down! A ghastly & flashing pause, clothed, life called; us do. In a madhouse heard I an ancient man tube-fed who had not said for fifteen years (they said) one canny word, senile forever, who a heart might pierce, mutter ‘O come on down.
Professional-Friends-Of-Robert-Frost all over gap wide their mouths while the quirky medium of so many truths is quiet. Let’s be quiet. Let us listen: —What for, Mr Bones? —while he begins to have it out with Horace. 44 39 Goodbye, sir, & fare well. You’re in the clear. ’ I figure you were right, having as Henry got away with murder for long. Some jarred clock tell me it’s late, not for you who went straight but for the lorn. Our roof is lefted off lately: the shooter, and the bourbon man, and then you got tired.
77 Dream Songs by John Berryman