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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; First Edition edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582430373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582430379
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Air
Air And Fire
Anglo-saxon Protestant Heterosexual Men
The Apple Tree
At A Country Funeral
Below
The Blue Robe
Breaking
The Broken Ground
The Clear Days
The Cold Pane
Come Forth
The Country Of Marriage
Creation Myth
The Current
A Dance
Dark With Power
The Design Of A House
A Discipline
Do Not Be Ashamed
The Dream
Duality
Elegy
Enemies
Enriching The Earth
Epitaph
Except
The Fear Of Love
February 2, 1968
The First
For An Absence
For The Explainers
For The Hog Killing
From The Distance
The Gift Of Gravity
Grace
Grief
The Hidden Singer
History
Horses
In A Motel Parking Lot
In Rain
The Law That Marries All Things
The Lilies
The Mad Farmer Manifesto: The First Amendment
The Mad Farmer, Flying The Flag Of Rough Branch, Secedes From The
The Man Born To Farming
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
March Snow
Marriage
A Marriage Song
The Meadow
Meditation In The Spring Rain
A Meeting
October 10
Our Children, Coming Of Age
The Peace Of Wild Things
The Plan
A Praise
Prayer After Eating
The Record
Remembering My Father
Requiem; Owen Flood, January 13, 1920 - March 27, 1974
Ripening
The Slip
Song (3)
Song (4)
Song In A Year Of Catastrophe
The Springs
A Standing Ground
Stay Home
The Stones
The Storm
The Supplanting
The Sycamore
Testament
Thirty More Years
The Thought Of Something Else
Three Elegiac Poems; Harry Erdman Perry, 1861-1965: 2
Three Elegiac Poems; Harry Erdman Perry, 1881-1945: 3
Three Elegiac Poems; Harry Erdman Perry, 1881-1965: 1
Throwing Away The Mail
To A Siberian Woodsman (after Looking At Some Pictures In A Magazine)
To Know The Dark
To My Mother
To The Holy Spirit
To The Unseeable Animal
To What Listens
Traveling At Home
The Vacation
A Vision
The Want Of Peace
A Warning To My Readers
The Way Of Pain
We Who Prayed And Wept
The Wheel
The Wild
The Wild Geese
The Wild Rose
Window Poems: 1
Window Poems: 10
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The Winter Rain
The Wish To Be Generous
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

About the Author

Wendell Berry lives and works with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Port Royal, Kentucky. An essayist, novelist, and poet, he is the author of more than thirty books. Berry has received numerous awards, including the T. S. Eliot Award, the John Hay Award, the Lyndhurst Prize, and the Aiken-Taylor Award for Poetry from The Sewanee Review.

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If they are anything like his poetry, though, I'm sure I'd love it.
kressmess
These poems rival my reading of Psalms, I find the the same wisdom and depth of thought about our lives in these poems.
David D. Brann
A very absorbing collection that Wendell Berry has personally selected.
Abundance

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Meadow Glen Farm on January 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Mr. Berry has written honest, real-life poetry for over 40 years. One who is unfamiliar with his work will find in these selections the essence of Berry's writing. His work is contemplative, meditative, spiritually centering, and genuine. His poems range from songs of praise for the Creation to elegies that rightly reflect death and grief. In between one sees

what can be good in communities, in families, in friendships, in marriage, and in earthly work. These selections will lead one to search out and read Berry's other beautiful books of poetry!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gary Sprandel on September 27, 2000
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Spanning nearly four decades, Berry's poems are firmly attached to his hillside farm in Northern Kentucky, but with appeal to all regions. Berry writes of fidelity to the land, sustainable farming, community, and marriage. He writes reverently and with faith, but does not broach religion directly. His poems speak for a longer time frame, of waiting to find out more (about the land or a partner). On first reading you might think this is pastoral nostalgia, but is an exciting new view of community and stewardship.
The poems are very personal and Berry selects what to reveal. He writes about marriage, despite "the excitement of women and have desire for them in my mouth like salt". He writes of what he learned from his father "A steer should graze and thrive whenever he lowers his head". This is good poetry for those wanting to reflect on land and commitment.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roger Adamson on July 12, 2005
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Poems written in everyday language, not pretentious academic words. They express what is in the hearts of everyone. Poems that I wish I could write.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kressmess on September 19, 2008
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I love this collection of Wendell Berry's poems. He is such an incredible writer, and his poetry is honest and fascinating. I will often just pick up the book in between classes or activities and read one or two poems to relax. I have also read an enjoyed many of his essays, though I have not yet tried his novels. If they are anything like his poetry, though, I'm sure I'd love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abundance on February 9, 2012
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A very absorbing collection that Wendell Berry has personally selected. Covers a wide range of themes always with the reminder of the wonder and grace of existence but blatantly anchoring us in the times in which we live. This is my first journey into his work and I already have favorite lines I return to and never tire of. Even when digging up rocks in a field he lays bare the haunting images to savour. Inspirational!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grain O Sand on December 31, 2009
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Berry, although a bit "preachy" at times really gets at what I feel we as a culture need to think about. His Mad Farmer character "quietly walks away" from all that I think he should. America has lauded the power of the individual will and all it can claim for itself long enough, no longer can the land and our natural resources handle Capitalism as we know it. His stresses on the importance of community and our interdependance upon one another really hit home with me. Berry's poetry leaves the realm of straight literature and heads into the spiritual which can be great at times or, if in the wrong mood, annoying. But all in all I really liked this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David D. Brann on January 19, 2014
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These poems rival my reading of Psalms, I find the the same wisdom and depth of thought about our lives in these poems. Berry is one of the USA's greatest poets with the clarity of ancient seers. He is so warming to your soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James H. Foy on December 31, 2013
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Berry is very easy to understand. Creative with his metaphors. He has a lot of depth in the reality of living.
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