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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; First Edition edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582438153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582438153
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* So eloquent and substantial are Berry’s fiction and essays that his poetry can seem ancillary. Read in chronology and near-completely in this volume, however, his verse shines out as the radiant heart of his prophetic art. He has been the foremost American poet of place, which for him means the Kentucky farming community in which he has lived and worked as farmer-writer in the tradition of Hesiod and Virgil, demonstrating the propriety and the virtue of living with the land and its creatures and arguing vehemently and cogently for the integrity of agriculture as the basis of human thriving. Berry’s poems initially show him discovering his understanding of the world and human livelihood and then how that understanding works out in the lives of his family and community members; that is, in farming as a calling, a tradition, and a passion. Yes, nature is often his subject, but death is his most frequent concern, which he probes and ponders until there is nothing fearsome left in it. As his poetic career progresses, cogitation decreases, storytelling increases, and, most lately, epigram burgeons with stinging and amusing effectiveness. Moreover, reading his poems is like drinking fresh springwater. --Ray Olson

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Praise for Collected Poems:

“[Berry’s poems] shine with a gentle wisdom of a craftsman who has thought deeply about the paradoxical strangeness and wonder of life.”–The Christian Science Monitor

“Wendell Berry is one of those rare individuals who speaks to us always of responsibility, of the individual cultivation of an active and aware participation in the arts of life, be they those of composing a poem, preparing a hill for planting, raising a family, working for the good of oneself and one’s neighbors, loving.”–The Bloomsbury Review

Praise for Entries:

“If you’re wondering where all the sincerity has gone in contemporary poetry, you may rest assured that Wendell Berry has it.”–Bookpress

“Disarming in its apparent simplicity and powerful in its lack of guile.”–San Marcos Daily Record

Praise for Given:

“For those who believe that life and the world are gifts, this is an invaluable book.”–Booklist

Praise for Leavings:

“[Berry’s] sage mind and poetic skills combine to skewer political arrogance, savage commercial folly, muse on growing old and lament a good dog’s death. Mindful of time and earth, of joy and love, Berry calls us to the hard work of a hope and peace and gratitude so incarnate that they rest ‘on the ground underfoot.’”–Christian Century

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I think this is a great collection of Wendell Berry's poems.
Roisin
The poems are beautiful and I highly recommend this collective book to anyone who loves reading poetry, especially those who like or love nature writing.
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I wish I knew him but will have to be satisfied with his writings.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Neal Smyth on June 28, 2012
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I have just started collecting Wendell Berry poetry and novels after falling in love with what I've borrowed/sampled from the library for the last year. After reading several collections of his poems, I ordered "New Collected Poems" to add to my collection. I was completely surprised to find ALL of his collections included in this one book. And there's just something that feels right about adding a favorite author's works in hard copy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Koerner on May 7, 2013
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Ignore Corey Garrett's one-star review below. New Collected Poems is the work of a Master. Appreciate this book as a transcendent gift of wisdom from the greatest living American poet. In my opinion, Wendell Berry is the spiritual heir of Walt Whitman, and is a poetic genius without equal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Faurote on April 3, 2013
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As a farm girl and a writer who saw Mr. Berry speak in a small college classroom setting more than 20 years ago, I love this. I work in an agriculture service setting and sometimes read poems at lunchtime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By slumgullian on October 17, 2013
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After seeing Berry on PBS reading his wonderful poems...I had to have his book "new collected poems". This man's backgroung is worth looking at.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on August 31, 2013
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Berry's work is very earthy and plain spoken. This is for people who like poets like Jane Kenyon or Ted Kooser. It has rural yet sophisticated tone that undermines the stereotype of simple country people and shows the complexity of small town American life. It has a depth of feeling that is unapologetic for its lack of irony.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nichole Elizabeth Dean on April 25, 2013
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I have always loved poetry. I recently purchased this collection by Berry. The poems are beautiful and I highly recommend this collective book to anyone who loves reading poetry, especially those who like or love nature writing. Great work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roisin on February 11, 2013
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I think this is a great collection of Wendell Berry's poems. Some of my favorites include A Song Sparrow Singing In The Fall and The Mad Farmer Manifesto: The First Amendment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverley R. Enright on December 19, 2012
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While it is clear that not all his poetry is here, it includes my favorite, and some new favorites, and I am very happy to have them.
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