Sunday, November 23, 2014

Week 38 - John Berryman

Drawing the John Berryman card is a bit scary to say the least.  What I already know of Berryman is that he struggled in life. A lot.

Berryman like a number of poets in his prime turned inward and a good deal of his poetry reflected his struggles.

Berryman is challenging me to look inward too. Have the courage to allow your work to be influenced by your emotional struggles. In The Dream Song Berryman developed an alter ego whom he used to ding deep into his own psyche and reflect on.  Can I do this? Do I have the courage to tackle such writing?

What truth might I learn about myself? Do I utilize my own struggles in my poetry? What is holding me back?

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