Philip Coleman (ed.)

Berryman’s Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse

ISBN: 9781851321124


Simon Barraclough

Ciaran Berry
Steven Bliss
Michael Dennis Browne
Siobhan Campbell
Walter Cannon
Jonathan Creasy
Tony Curtis
Gerald Dawe
John F. Deane
Peter Denman
Maurice Devitt
Isobel Dixon
Timothy Donnelly
Tyler Flynn Dorholt
Martin Dyar
Zack Finch
Leontia Flynn
Mark Granier
Iggy McGovern
John Matthias
Paul Muldoon
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Julie O’Callaghan
Michael O’Dea
Nessa O’Mahony
Leeanne Quinn
David Rigsbee
Jane Robinson
John Saunders
Gerard Smyth
George Szirtes
David Wheatley
Nerys Williams
Macdara Woods
Robert Archambeau
Anthony Caleshu
Moya Cannon
Harry Clifton
Michael Coady
Theo Dorgan
Dave Lordan
Thomas McCarthy
Hugh Maxton
Paula Meehan
John Montague
Gerry Murphy
Tim Nolan
Michael O’Loughlin
Richard Ryan
Peter Sirr
Joyce Sutphen
Vincent Woods
Enda Wyley
Maurice Riordan
Philip Coleman

Born in 1914, John Berryman was one of the most important American poets of his generation. Recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize, his long works Homage to Mistress Bradstreet and The Dream Songs, in particular, are widely recognised as among the most powerfully original poems of the twentieth century. Following his death in 1972, Berryman’s influence appeared to wane, but this book reveals his profound importance to a wide range of contemporary poets from Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Gathering together poems by over fifty poets, Berryman’s Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse is at once a testament to John Berryman’s living presence in contemporary poetic culture and a birthday gift to a great poet’s shade on the occasion of the centenary of his birth.

Philip Coleman is the author of John Berryman’s Public Vision: relocating ‘the scene of disorder’ (2014), and he also co-edited ‘After thirty Falls’: New Essays on John Berryman (2007). He is a Lecturer in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, where he also directs the MPhil in Literatures of the Americas program.