John Berryman (1914-1972) American poet, critic

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Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so. After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns, we ourselves flash and yearn. (The Dream Songs) - John Berryman


Something has been said for sobriety but very little. - John Berryman


Bats have no bankers and they do not drink and cannot be arrested and pay no tax and, in general, bats have it made. - John Berryman


The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business. - John Berryman


These Songs are not meant to be understood, you understand. They are only meant to terrify & comfort. (The Dream Songs) - John Berryman


Two daiquiris withdrew into a corner of a gorgeous room and one told the other a lie. (The Dream Songs) - John Berryman


We have reason to be afraid. This is a terrible place. - John Berryman


We must travel in the direction of our fear. I conclude now I have no inner resources, because I am heavy bored. Peoples bore me, literature bores me, especially great literature. (The Dream Songs) - John Berryman


You should always be trying to write a poem you are unable to write, a poem you lack the technique, the language, the courage to achieve. Otherwise you're merely imitating yourself, going nowhere, because that's always easiest. - John Berryman