John Berryman

In 1945, John Berryman won an early KR contest for short fiction, cosponsored by Doubleday, Doran & Co. Berryman achieved his greatest renown as a poet with the publication of 77 Dream Songs in 1964, which won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Winter 1945

The Lovers

By John Berryman

He used to come to see us one summer when we lived on the Island. As I reached the corner of the house wheeling my bicycle, which I was not […]

F. Scott Fitzgerald

By John Berryman

From The Kenyon Review, Winter 1946, Vol. VIII, No. 1 “In the Twenties, his heyday, he was a kind of king of our American youth”—so a writer of Fitzgerald’s generation […]

Summer 1939

Nineteen Thirty-Eight

By John Berryman

Across the frontiers of the helpless worldThe great planes swarm, the carriers of death,Germs in the healthy body of the air,And blast our cities where we stand in talk  By doomed […]

Summer 1941

More Directions

By John Berryman

New Directions 1940 edited by James Laughlin. New Directions. $3.50. Mr. Laughlin’s new collection is larger and handsomer than its predecessors, and he says in the preface that he has […]

Autumn 1945

The Imaginary Jew

By John Berryman

First Prize, 1945 Prize Contest    The second summer of the European War I spent in New York. I lived in a room just below street-level on Lexington above 34th, […]

Spring 1941

At Chinese Checkers

By John Berryman

I Again—but other faces bend with mineUpon the board—I settle to this gameAnd drive my marbles leaping or in lineToward the goal, the triangular blue aimOf all my red ones, […]

Winter 1946

F. Scott Fitzgerald

By John Berryman

“In the Twenties, his heyday, he was a kind of king of our American youth”—so a writer of Fitzgerald’s generation remembered him when he died five years ago. It would […]

Winter 1964

Three Dream Songs

By John Berryman

Ⅰ In a state of chortal sin—once he reflected, swilling tomato juice—live I, and did more than my thirsty years. To Hell then will it haul me? for good talk […]

Spring 1999

Rock-Study with Wanderer

By John Berryman

From the Spring 1948 issue.    “Cold cold cold of a special night” Summer and winter sings under the beast The ravished doll   Hear in the middle wasteThe blue doll of the […]

Spring 1999

Nineteen Thirty-Eight

By John Berryman

From the Summer 1939 issue. Across the frontiers of the helpless worldThe great planes swarm, the carriers of death,Germs in the healthy body of the air,And blast our cities where […]