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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;
Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.
After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns,
we ourselves flash and yearn

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.
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
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.
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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