Thursday, January 21, 2010
IDOL IDYLL #1: JOHN BERRYMAN
Click here to see excerpts from two 1967 interviews with PC-approved poet John Berryman. Following the publication of Berryman's first 77 DREAM SONGS, these clips from a BBC profile of the poet (a network television profile of a major cultural figure not associated with said network's own celebrity-driven media machine -- how quaint!) capture the poet at the apotheosis of his two great motive powers: Self-Regard & Alcohol. The recitations are really marvelous, as are Berryman's musings on literature (Stephen Crane: "Mediocre novelist; possibly the greatest short story writer who ever lived." Okay!) and literary celebrity ("Poets don't receive a lot of fan mail."). Enjoy.