Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Berryman's Bridge

Washington Avenue Bridge, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2013

John Berryman
was a Pulitzer prize winning poet and scholar, active from the 1940s into the early 1970's. I always think of him when I walk over this bridge. He taught at the University of Minnesota, more than one of his students said he was the best teacher they ever had. He was a truly gifted writer, especially when he dealt with his personal demons in his various Dream Songs. He also wrote a book dealing with his alcoholism, titled simply:Recovery.

But he didn't recover.

This bridge is the place from where he jumped to his death on a cold January day in 1972.

By Professor Batty