This new edition brings together for the first time all of Berryman's published volumes of poetry, except for his epic, The Dream Songs. it ranges from his earliest poems, written in 1937 and collected in Twenty Poems (1940), to Delusions etc. (1972), published a year after his death. it includes such notable items as the original text of his Sonnets and Homage to Mistress Bradstreet. John Berryman's poetry, to quote from one of his poem's, 'not only expresses the matter in hand / but adds to the stock of available reality'. He once wrote that we know people 'chiefly by their voices - their individual, indescribable, unmistakable voices', and his unmistakable voice continues to speak to us, with grace, humour ('fatal to barbic pretension'), simplicity and precision. he explores disparate realities, ordinary and extraordinary, and his prosody can be compared to the music of one of his heroes, Mozart, who has 'an ear so delicate / he fainted at a trumpet call'. This handsome volume is a definitive edition of one of America's most distinguished poets. This book is in a fair condition with some marks, scratches and creasing to the dust cover, most noticeable to the top of the spine and the back cover. The hard cover is dusty and has some white marks to the front and creasing to the top of the spine. The pages themselves are in good condition apart from some minor white and brown marks and minor scratching and chipping to the page block, which are only noticeable when the book is closed. The pages themselves are clean.