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Ted Berrigan Biography

(1934–83), Magazine, Sonnets, Bean Spasms, Many Happy Returns to Dick Gallup, In the Early Morning Rain

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American poet, born Providence, Rhode Island; he spent three years in the United States army before studying at the University of Tulsa, and from there he moved to New York City in 1960. It was through his residence in the city and his founding, and editing, of ‘CMagazine that he became associated with the New York School of Poets; like many of the poets, notably John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara, Berrigan's work evinces a preoccupation with effects drawn from the influences of surrealism, abstract expressionist painting, and serial music. His first volume of verse was Sonnets (1964) and subsequent volumes include Bean Spasms (1967; coauthored with Ron Padgett), Many Happy Returns to Dick Gallup (1967), In the Early Morning Rain (1970), and So Going Around Cities: New and Selected Poems, 1958–1979 (1980). Berrigan held teaching positions at the University of Iowa and the University of Essex.

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