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Accidental Rhymes


From Jay Nordlinger’s Impromptus today: “Eileen Simpson, wife of John
Berryman, died. Her obituarist quoted Delmore Schwartz as saying, ‘All poets
’ wives have rotten lives.’ Did he mean it to rhyme? Was it accidental?”
Jay: No, not accidental, these are actually the first two lines of a poem.
The rest of it goes: “What could possibly be worse / Than a husband hooked
on verse?”


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