Dream Songs

“Soth attributes his mid-western upbringing to a sensibility that is more ‘dark and lonely’ than optimistic. He referred me to the poet John Berryman, who leapt to his death from a Mississippi River bridge in January of 1972. Soth particularly noted Berryman’s 'Dream Song 1’ and its last line, 'and empty grows every bed.’ Most of the beds in Soth’s pictures are empty, simultaneously evoking all past and future nights as well as past and future occupants, fueling our imagination about their stories and their fates.”
–Anne Wilkes Tucker, from Alec Soth’s book, Sleeping by the Mississippi