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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 of a unmarried embracing conceal answer. an incredible reissue application is scheduled, to incorporate vintage person collections from each one decade, a few of that have lengthy been unavailable: Wallace Stevens's Harmonium and Ezra Pound's Personae from the Nineteen Twenties; W.H. Auden's Poems (1930); Robert Lowell's lifestyles reviews from the Fifties; John Berryman's seventy seven Dream Songs and Philip Larkin's The Whitsun Weddings from the Sixties; Ted Hughes's Gaudete and Seamus Heaney's box paintings from the Seventies; Michael Hofmann's Acrimony and Douglas Dunn's Elegies from the Eighties. Timed to have fun ebook of Seamus Heaney's new assortment, electrical gentle, the relaunch is meant to re-emphasize the predominance of Faber Poetry, and to have fun a sequence which has performed a shaping position within the historical past of contemporary poetry because its inception within the Nineteen Twenties.
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When the papers were lost rich with pals’ secrets, he thought he had the knack of ruin. Their paths crossed and once they crossed in jail; they crossed in bed; and over an unsigned letter their eyes met, and in an Asian city directionless & lurchy at two & three, or trembling to a telephone’s fresh threat, and when some wired his head to reach a wrong opinion, ‘Epileptic’. But he noted now that: they were not old friends. He did not know this one. This one was a stranger, come to make amends for all the imposters, and to make it stick.
Somehow, when I make your scene, I cave to feel as if de roses of dawns & pearls of dusks, made up by some ol’ writer-man, got right forgot & the greennesses of ours. Springwater grow so thick it gonna clot and the pleasing ladies cease. I figure, yup, you is bad powers. 56 51 Our wounds to time, from all the other times, sea-times slow, the times of galaxies fleeing, the dwarfs’ dead times, lessen so little that if here in his crude rimes Henry them mentions, do not hold it, please, for a putting of man down.
Bless Frost, any odd god around. Gentle his shift, I decussate & command, stoic deity. For a while here we possessed an unusual man. 43 38 The Russian grin bellows his condolence tó the family: ah but it’s Kay, & Ted, & Chris & Anne, Henry thinks of: who eased his fearful way from here, in here, to there. This wants thought. I won’t make it out. Maybe the source of noble such may come clearer to dazzled Henry. It may come. I’d say it will come with pain, in mystery. I’d rather leave it alone. I do leave it alone.
77 Dream Songs by John Berryman