Spring 1969 • Vol. XXXI No. 2 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1969 |

Berryman’s Dream World

His Toy, His Dream, His Rest by John Berryman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $6.50. In opening his 77 Dream Songs, John Berryman pictures his hero as having to say "a long / wonder the world can bear & be," and, in His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, he continues this "long wonder," warning readers in song 308 not to "seek the strange soul, in rain & mist" but to "recall the pretty cousins they kissed, / and stick with the sweet switch of the body." The advice echos William Carlos Williams' statement in Kora in Hell that "The trick of the dance [the poem] is in following now the words, allegro, now the contrary beat of the glossy leg." In song 324, Williams receives Henry's highest praise as one "to whom was not denied / the mysterious late excellence which is the crown / of our trials & our last bride." Berryman also advises his readers, in a note to the new volume, against mistaking Henry House—alias Henry Pussycat, Henry Hankovitch, and Mr. Bones—for the poet. He is "a

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