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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619021528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619021525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Wendell Berry is amazing, as is this collection!
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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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This is one of those books of poetry which, as a poet, leave me in awe and anger.
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18 of 18 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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11 of 11 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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7 of 7 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Breese on January 24, 2014
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Others have reviewed this beautifully, and I don't reviews books or movies well so I won't attempt to now. Suffice it to say I'm a huge prose reader - poetry not so much. I heard Wendell read some of his poems on Bill Moyers and was so moved I had to look him up. Such a command of the language he has, but readable and unambiguous. Some of them move me to tears, not because of sadness in the writing but because of the profound love and compassion he has for all living things and the natural world. I wish I knew him but will have to be satisfied with his writings. I defy anyone to read this book without feeling somehow expanded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By caltexrose on December 15, 2013
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Wendell Berry sees his immediate locale with practical eyes, a wise soul, and a poet's vision. If more folks could see their own backyards in this way, then perhaps this beleaguered planet would be in much, much better shape. The ideas in Berry's poems show a deep love for the land that goes beyond the hoopla of environmentalism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Winterpast Rev on January 9, 2014
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Those of us that are Wendel Berry enthusiast look forward to new releases. Wendel believes in place, values, people. These poems recall so many things that are gone, so many things that are so ordinary we take them for granted. I read one of his poems every day in my devotions. Take your time on this one.
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