Delusions, Etc.

Delusions, Etc.

John Berryman


Mr. Berryman's posthumous booklet of poems, Delusions, Etc., have been accomplished and used to be in facts earlier than his dying on January 7, 1972. the outlet part, "Opus Dei," is a series of 8 poems in line with the workplaces of the day from Lauds to Compline—the strains above being quoted from Nones. half contains 5 poems whose topic are George Washington ("Rectitude, and the negative upstanding member"), Beethoven, Emily Dickinson, Georg Trakl, and Dylan Thomas. The 13 poems within the 3rd half contain "Gislebertus' Eve," "Scholars on the Orchid Pavilion," "Ecce Homo," Tampa Stomp," and "Hello." The fourth half is prepared as a scherzo. It starts off with "Navajo environment the checklist Straight" and ends with "Damn You, Jim D., You Woke Me Up." The concluding part is reflective and meditative in tone, with "The Prayer of the Middle-Aged Man," "Somber Prayer," "Minnesota Thanksgiving," and "A traditional Prayer," and a coda that rises to the excessive spirits of "King David Dances." Delusions, and so forth. is a magnificent number of verse through probably the most unique poets of our time, whose loss of life on the peak of his powers is a sad loss to letters.

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