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General Information

Name:  Ted Berrigan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: November 15, 1934 in Providence, Rhode Island

-- Ted Berrigan on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Berrigan was a Writer in Residence/Visitin Poet at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

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Titles At Your Library

The Sonnets (Penguin Poets)
ISBN: 0140589279

Penguin Books. 2000

Originally published in 1964, The Sonnets by Ted Berrigan is considered by many to be his most important and influential book. This new annotated edition, with an introduction by Alice Notley, includes seven previously uncollected works. Like Shakespeare's sonnets, Berrigan's poems involve friendship and love triangles, but while the former happen chronologically, Berrigan's happen in the moment, with the story buried beneath a surface of names, repetitions, and fragmented experience. Reflecting the new American sensibilities of the 1960's as well as timeless poetic themes, The Sonnets is both eclectic and classical — the poems are monumental riddles worth contemplating.

Bean Spasms

Kulchur Press. 1967

Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard and Ron Padgett's Bean Spasms is the defining publication of the 1960s literary/Pop scene in New York. Originally published in 1967 by Kulchur Press in an edition of 1,000, the text is comprised of collaborations between poets Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett, with further writings, illustrations and cover by artist and writer Joe Brainard. Full of wild wit and joy in experimentation, competition and collaboration, Bean Spasms is a classic document of the New York School.

A Certain Slant of Sunlight
ISBN: 0929022009

O Books. 1988

Poetry. Berrigan's last collection of poems, these were written originally on postcards with drawings by the author photos of some of the postcards are included. His widow, Alice Notley, has written an introduction in which she characterizes the writing as "a realm of shorter poems, written in a newly freed voice, that drifts among day-book, epigram & lyric, in all literary awareness, describing the feel of a difficult year."