About the Poems
by Lucy Biederman
John Berryman talks about how some of his Dream Songs rhyme but sound like they don't and others don't rhyme but sound like they do. I think I was aspiring toward that.
I have a mortal enemy, and "She Cuts Down Lakes So They Appear Straight" is about her. Its title is a paraphrase of a line from John Ashbery's "He."