Ted Berrigan

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Ted Berrigan
BornEdmund Joseph Michael Berrigan, Jr.
(1934-11-15)November 15, 1934
Providence, Rhode Island
DiedJuly 4, 1983(1983-07-04) (aged 48)
Resting placeCalverton National, Long Island, New York
Alma materUniversity of Tulsa
Period20th century
Literary movementBeat, New York School
Notable awardsNational Endowment for the Arts fellowship 1979
Years active1960-1983
SpouseAlice Notley
ChildrenAnselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan

Ted Berrigan (November 15, 1934 – July 4, 1983) was an American poet.

Berrigan was born in Providence, Rhode Island to an Irish Catholic family. He left college after one year to join the U. S. Army. He served from 1954 to 1957. He got his BA (1959) and his MA (1962) from the University of Tulsa. He gave his diploma back to the university because, he said, he was "a master of no art."[1][2]

He moved to New York in the early 1960s. He was an important part of the second generation of what is called the New York School of poets. which included Anselm Hollo, Ron Padgett, Anne Waldman, Clark Coolidge and Jim Carroll. He was married to the poet Alice Notley. They were parents to the poets Anselm and Edmund Berrigan.[1][2]

Berrigan taught at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project in New York. He was writer-in-residence / visiting poet at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He also taught at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Yale University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Essex in England, Northeastern Illinois University, and the Naropa Institute.[3]

After a long illness connected to hepatitis and liver damage, Berrigan died in 1983.[1]

Books[change | change source]

  • The Sonnets (1964, 1967, 1982, 2000)
  • Seventeen Plays, with Ron Padgett (1964)
  • Living With Chris (1965)
  • Some Things (1966)
  • Bean Spasms, with Ron Padgett and Joe Brainard (1967)
  • Many Happy Returns (1969)
  • Peace: Broadside (1969)
  • In the Early Morning Rain (1971)
  • Memorial Day, with Anne Waldman (1971)
  • Back in Boston Again, with Ron Padgett and Tom Clark (1972)
  • The Drunken Boat (1974)
  • A Feeling For Leaving (1975)
  • Red Wagon (1976)
  • Clear The Range (1977)
  • Nothing For You (1977)
  • Train Ride (1978)
  • Yo-Yo's With Money, with Harris Schiff (1979)
  • Carrying a Torch (1980)
  • So Going Around Cities: New & Selected Poems 1958–1979 (1980)
  • In a Blue River (1981)
  • A Certain Slant of Sunlight (1988)
  • Selected Poems (1994)
  • Great Stories of the Chair (1998)
  • The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (2005)
  • Get the Money!: Collected Prose (1961-1983) (2022)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Ted Berrigan". Poetry Foundation. February 15, 2023. Retrieved February 15, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Horning, R. (2013). "Berrigan, Ted". Oxford Reference - The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry. Retrieved February 15, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "About Ted Berrigan | Academy of American Poets". poets.org. Retrieved February 15, 2023.

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