Monday, June 4, 2012

Life, Friends, Is Poetry.

I've been reading this guy a lot lately. There are a lot of writers--poets especially--who you wonder sometimes, 'what would they be like without all the booze?'. Berryman's one of them. Maybe he could have avoided suicide? It's impossible to say, really, but you ache for a person who made something as beautiful as The Dream Songs out of the stuff of their pain.

I don't agree that life is boring, but it can definitely be challenging, and it can definitely make a person hard. I respect people who are able to remain soft in the face of life. The people who refuse to get tough, in the end, are my heroes.

The poem begins at 4:24, but what takes place before it is still interesting, if you're interested in boring stuff.


Lodo Grdzak said...

He's got a funny delivery and cadence. Have to agree w/ him that life is quite the bore. 'Specially these modern days. And when you've got a bad achilles? That certainly doesn't help.

Willie Y said...

Interesting fellow. I wonder if he was in the cups while doing the interview.

Spencer Troxell said...

Willie, I would say chances are high.