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John Berryman
(1914-1972) born on
Oct 25
US poet, writer, educator. His is noted for his almost agonizing self-revealing poetry; known especially for his long poem "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet," 1956;
         
   
F
Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.
After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns,
we ourselves flash and yearn

R
And moreover my mother told me as a boy (repeatingly), "Ever to confess you're bored means you have no Inner Resources." I conclude now I have no inner resources, because I am heavy bored.
A
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
N
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.
K
Bats have no bankers and they do not drink
and cannot be arrested and pay no tax
and, in general, bats have it made.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Dreamsongs," no. 14, 1969.
R: "The Dreamsongs," no. 14, 1969.
A: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
N: "Interview in Writers at Work," Fourth Series, ed. by George Plimpton, 1976.
K: "Dream Song 63," in "The Dream Songs," 1969.
   


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