The public performance of poetry, writes Wendell Berry in the preface to A Timbered Choir, has become vogue in the English-speaking world. Yet, he counters, his poems are created in silence and solitude, which may be the best way to read these thoughtful lyrics about country life, verses populated by trees, horses, rivers, and stars. This volume gathers nearly 20 years' worth of Berry's Sabbath poems, written after Sunday morning walks across the fields and bottomlands of northern Kentucky. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Winner of the T.S. Eliot Award, Berry (A World Lost, LJ 10/15/96) spends Sunday mornings in walking meditation in the forests and fields around his Port Royal, KY, farm. During these walks he writes, and he has brought many of these poems together in the present volume. Berry has long been an articulate and passionate defender of the environment, and his "Sabbath poems," spanning 20 years, bring the reader close to the earth, the fields and flowers, richness of the soil, and diversity of the seasons: "Too late for frost, too early for flies,/ the air carries only birdsong, the long/ breath of wind in leaves." The poet has a marvelous ear for interior rhyme: "Horse and cow,/ plow and hoe, grass to graze/ and hay to mow have brought me/ here, and taught me where I am." These poems are not uniformly pastoral; Berry reflects, too, on war, technology, and the economy in these pages, but always with a heartfelt devotion first and foremost for the earth. A contemplative treasure; highly recommended.?Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward
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I have been a fan of Wendell Barry for years. A Timbered Choir is another amazing volume of his work!Published 11 hours ago by Swedish in Seattle
I love his descriptions of even the "mundane." I have 2 other books by WB, too ... and love them, too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tree
I love Wendell Berry's poems because they about the natural world and are written simply. So beautiful, and reach me in a very spiritual way--so perfect for reading on the Sabbath... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Teacher Jan
A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997 by Wendell Berry are a gentle collection of poems centered around Sunday walks through the woods and fields, and reflections on God,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Eric Maroney
The poems in A Timbered Choir touch the heart and challenge the inner vision of the reader. The observations and insights about nature, man and spirit, gathered on his Sunday... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Sandra E. Bush
Rich and evocative imagery, with themes enigmatic enough to keep you thinking about each poem long after you've read it.Published on May 3, 2013 by Zelda
If you have not read much poetry and need to slow down, create some space for reflection, and consider sabbath, a good place to start is with this book of poems.Published on January 16, 2013 by Mike Sohm
I like Berry's poetry very much, but not this collection. It is just too preoccupied with death and dying to suit my taste. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Raven Ranch
This book is appropriately subtitled, "The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997." For that is what this volume contains: the meditations and response of a poet taking time apart from the rush... Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Eric Cheng