Bookshop Window: The Dream Songs - John Berryman: Faber, pounds 9.99

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This is the paperback of the complete Dream Songs, issued in hardback in 1990. The strange world of Henry and Mr Bones unravels over 400 pages of droll, whimsical invention: Henry who is 'at odds wif the world & its god', who lusts after 'the hottest one for years of night', who is always 'wicked and away'. It's a difficult companion of a book, with its constant dislocations, but the best poems have an insidious music: No 4, for instance, 'Filling her compact & delicious body . . .', or No 14, 'Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so . . .'

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