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The Mad Farmer Poems

Berry, Wendell

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ISBN 10: 1593761767 / ISBN 13: 9781593761769
Published by Counterpoint, U.S.A., 2008
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Oversized quarto. First trade edition after a limited small press edition with ISBNs at back panel. Yellow cloth spine over green boards, no DJ as issued. With one-color engravings by Abigail Rorer. With a Foreword by Ed McClanahan and an Afterword by William Kloefkorn. A very good plus / near fine copy with faint soil and wear at corners and edges. 26 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 13870

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Title: The Mad Farmer Poems

Publisher: Counterpoint, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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During the otherwise quiet course of his life as a poet, Wendell Berry has become “mad” at what contemporary society has made of its land, its communities, and its past. This anger reaches its peak in the poems of the Mad Farmer, an open-ended sequence he's found himself impelled to continue against his better instincts. These poems can take the shape of manifestos, meditations, insults, Whitmanic fits and ravings―these are often funny in spite of themselves. The Mad Farmer is a character as necessary, perhaps, as he is regrettable.

Here are gathered the individual poems from Berry's various collections to offer the teachings of this amazing American voice. After the great success of the lovely Window Poems, Bob Baris of the Press on Scroll Road returns to design and produce an edition illustrated with etchings by Abigail Rover. James Baker Hall and William Kloefkorn offer poems here that also show how the Mad Farmer has escaped into the work of others. The whole is a wonderful testimony to the power of anger and humor to bring even the most terrible consequences into a focus otherwise impossible to obtain.

About the Author:

Wendell Berry, an essayist, novelist, and poet, has been honored with the T. S. Eliot Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society. He lives with his wife on a farm in Henry County, KY.

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