John Berryman

This year would have been the 100th birthday of the American confessional poet John Berryman (1914-74). A number of recent books about him are reviewed in The New York Times here.

See the brief biography and some of the poetry at The Poetry Foundation.

His Dream Songs included:

Bats have no bankers and they do not drink’, ‘There sat down, once, a thing on Henry’s heart’ and ‘Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.’