Dream Song 89

File the Berryman poetry reading at Smuda’s under “Dork, off the.” Incredible crowd–poets, rappers, rockers, filmmakers, journalists, painters and assholes. For me, the most powerful moment was when Kate Donahue, Berryman’s widow, read Dream Song 89. The most awkward moment was sitting next to Kate when somebody else read Dream Song 69.

Anyway, thanks to everybody who read or just showed up and bought a beer. We’re planning on doing another poetry reading, this time stuff inspired by Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, probably in late February. We will let you know.

Here’s Berryman’s Dream Song 89 (Op. Posthumous 12)

In a blue series towards his sleepy eyes
they slid like wonder, women tall & small,
of every shape & size,
in many languages to lisp ‘We do’
to Henry almost waking. What is the night at all,
his closed eyes beckon you.

In the Marriage of the Dead, a new routine,
he gasped his crowded vows past lids shut tight
and a-many rings fumbled on.
His coffin like Grand Central to the brim
filled up & emptied with the lapse of light.
Which one will waken him?

O she must startle like a fallen gown,
content with speech like an old sacrament
in deaf ears lying down,
blazing through darkness till he feels the cold
& blindness of his hopeless tenement
while his black arms unfold.


6 Responses

  1. So depressing. Are you sure there wasn’t a verse about unicorns, puppy breath, and a bridge over the Mississippi?

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  3. It’s so hip to like Berryman these days, huh? I blame The Hold Steady.

  4. I am truly suffer for what you went through. I am a converted Jew. I had the very misfortune to date Mr. Julius DeRoma and he is a JEW HATER. The films he showed me later in the relationship about Jews, his hatred and talk of Jews, he has a picture of Hitler on his wall in the library at home and a bobble head of Hitler. This man is by far the most hateful person I have ever met. It pains me to hear what he did and to know he would do more if he can get away with it. THIS JULIUS DEROMA IS A HATER OF JEWS HE DOES NOT BELIEVE THE HOLOCAUST EVER HAPPENED! And no surprise he hates African American people and the list goes on. But be warned as a Jew he HATES us the most and would have us all killed if he could. Again I am sorry for what you went through and I hope the word gets out about this man and his business goes under.


    • Lilly, if you hate Julius so much why are you living in his home taking care of his Petri dish spawn of an heir? Did he take down the swastika posters from the den or put away his extensive Hitler library he proudly displays? I’m curious, do you have a motive or are you that much of a hypocrite?
      For anybody who reads this, the rumors of Julius Deroma are true, he is a nazi racist douche bag. He’s good at fooling people, especially the ones who are closest to him. I truly feel sorry for the child he had with a gestational surrogate, especially since he has to live with the same name as his father, whom I now insultingly refer to as Jewlius.

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