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Berry, Wendell

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ISBN 10: 1593760612 / ISBN 13: 9781593760618
Published by Counterpoint, 2005
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Publisher: Counterpoint

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine+

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Wendell Berry’s first book of new poems in 10 years a rich and varied new collection is cause for celebration. As the New York Times Book Review noted, "Berry’s straightforward search for a life connected to the soil, for marriage as a sacrament . . . affirms a style that is resonant with the authentic. . . . He can be said to have returned American poetry to a Wordsworthian clarity of purpose."
For the past 25 years Berry has been at work on a long sequence, "The Sabbath Poems," resulting from his Sunday morning walks of meditation and observation, and we have been collecting the unpublished sequences for the past eight years. Here also is a play in verse, Sonata at Payne Hollow, a startling evocation of the lives of Harlan and Anna Hubbard. But half of this varied collection contains shorter pieces, ranging from political poems to folk sayings (fans will be delighted by the new "Sayings and Doings), from love poems to celebrations.

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The latter half, "Sabbaths 1998-2004," of Berry's first all-new collection since A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems, 1979-1997 (1998) contains more of the meditational poems Berry conceives on Sundays alone in the woods on his farm. The other half's three parts contain, respectively, short poems of observation, hortatory poems varying in length from epigram to six-page public epistle, and a brief verse play. The observational poems show the most variety of tone and form and may please the broadest range of readers. The play reprises the notion of personalized community integrity at the heart of Berry's novel Jayber Crow (2000) and extends it beyond death. The intervening exhortations, collectively called "Further Words," reflect Berry-the-prophet, by turns angrily haranguing ("The Ongoing Holy War against Evil"), justly explaining himself ("Some Further Words"), naturally moralizing ("Lysimachia Nummularia"), earnestly preaching ("Original Sin"), and oracularly commanding ("The Future," which probably should be read at every public meeting in the U.S.). For those who believe that life and the world are gifts, this is an invaluable book. Ray Olson
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