Google+
Close

The Corner

The one and only.

Accidental Rhymes



Text  



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?”



Text