Berryman's Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse. Edited by Philip Coleman. Arlen House, 2014.
Born in 1914, John Berryman was one of the most important American poets of his generation. Recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize, his long works Homage to Mistress Bradstreet and The Dream Songs, in particular, are widely recognised as among the most powerfully original poems of the twentieth century. Following his death in 1972, Berryman’s influence appeared to wane, but this book reveals his profound importance to a wide range of contemporary poets from Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Gathering together poems by over fifty poets, Berryman’s Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse is at once a testament to John Berryman’s living presence in contemporary poetic culture and a birthday gift to a great poet’s shade on the occasion of the centenary of his birth.
Philip Coleman is the author of John Berryman’s Public Vision: relocating ‘the scene of disorder’ (2014), and he also co-edited ‘After thirty Falls’: New Essays on John Berryman (2007). He is a Lecturer in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, where he also directs the MPhil in Literatures of the Americas program.
Michael Dennis Browne
John F. Deane
Tyler Flynn Dorholt
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
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