Spring 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 2 Kenyon Review ClassicsApril 1, 1999 |

Rock-Study with Wanderer

From the Spring 1948 issue.    "Cold cold cold of a special night" Summer and winter sings under the beast The ravished doll   Hear in the middle wasteThe blue doll of the west crackling with frigh The music & the lights did not go outAlas   Our foreign officers are gaySingers in the faery cities shiver & playTheir exile dances through unrationed thought Waiting for the beginning of the endThe wedding of the arms   Whose charnel armsWill plough the emerald mathematical farmsIn spring, spring-flowers to the U. N. send?       ∗ ∗ ∗ Waiting I stroll within a summer woodAvoiding broken glass in the slant sunOur promises we may at last make goodThe stained glass flies when the cathedral's done Certainly in a few years call it peaceThe arms & wings of peace patrol us allThe planes & arms that planes & arms may ceasePathos (theanthropos) fills evenfall When shall the body of the State come nearThe body's

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In 1945, John Berryman won an early KR contest for short fiction, cosponsored by Doubleday, Doran & Co. Berryman achieved his greatest renown as a poet with the publication of 77 Dream Songs in 1964, which won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

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