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Given: Poems Paperback – March 1, 2006
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The section of this book entitled "Sabbaths" contains poems written on Sundays from 1998-2004. Until 2003, these poems are about love, long term love; aging,the joys and sorrows; and love and connection with the land. In 2003, Berry gets angry and his poems are filled with sorrow and horror about the war.
"When they cannot speak freely in defiance
of wealth self-elected to righteousness,
let the arts of pleasure and beauty cease.
Let every poet and singer of joy be dumb.
When those in power by owning all the words
have made them mean nothing, let silence
speak for us. When freedom's light goes out, let color
drain from all paintings into gray puddles
on the museum floor. When every ear awaits only
the knock on the door in the dark midnight,
let all the orchestras sound just one long note of woe.
No matter if you read Berry's fiction, essays or poetry, your life will be enriched.
He touches my heart, helps me weep with joy at how wonderful my life has been, and reminds me of the beautiful people and friends I have had. I feel that God has Loved me.
The Sabbath poems from 1998-2004 have a sermon quality and other times a elegy quality. There is his own grappling with the loss of friends "nothing taken, that was not first a gift." But there is also the hope in nature "and the little blossoms make a new softness in the light", and the relationship of with grief is "In Heaven the starry saints will wipe away / The tears forever from our eyes, but they / Must no erase the memory of our grief. In bliss, eve, there can be no relief".
It Is up to the reader to decide If Berry achieve his goal "To make my art compatible / with the songs of the local birds."
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I enjoy Given's poetry and this book had some very good onesPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Simply written, yet evocative of a wisdom and view of nature seldom heard today in our buzz-on-by world,Published 19 months ago by Kenneth G. Wanamaker
Berry's poetry makes me want to live a better, more aware and grateful life! Every word is "given." Read Berry!!Published on January 2, 2014 by Leah Kostamo