77 Dream Songs
  • 77 Dream Songs


    John Berryman.


     Farrar, Straus and Company: 1964. First edition. Very good hardcover in a good jacket.


    "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.

    Peoples bore me,

    literature bores me, especially great literature,   

    Henry bores me, with his plights & gripes   

    as bad as achilles"