My Favorite ‘Dream Songs’

Sometimes the neurotic aesthetic of Berryman’s Dream Songs just feels migrainous to me; other times it’s sublime. That said, I think these two poems are two of the best poems there are. Period. Dream Song 145by John Berryman Also I love him: me he’s done no wrongfor going on forty years — forgiveness time —I touch now his despair,he felt as bad as Whitman on his towerbut he did not swim out with me or my brotheras he threatened — a powerful swimmer, to take one of us alongas company in the defeat sublime,freezing my helpless mother:he only, very early…