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LRB · August Kleinzahler · All the girls said so: John Berryman

Henry is gone. No buffer. It’s down to ‘I’ now, the poet himself, alone. It is not one of Berryman’s better songs and there’s relatively little art to it, but its plainness renders grief more poignantly than the mirror and mask might have done.
I think this "plainness" and baldness...this exposure of the bone is powerful and happens a lot in the later songs.