The Tough Songs of John Berryman

John Berryman was arguably Jim Tulip’s favourite contemporary American poet. There was an opacity, a toughness in Berryman’s language that linked him perhaps with Australia’s Francis Webb, for whom Jim also had a passion. Jim wrote this essay in 1973 for the Southern Review published from the English Department, University of Adelaide:

The Tough Songs of John Berryman

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John Berryman


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