New Collected Poems

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Counterpoint Press, Apr 1, 2012 - Poetry - 416 pages
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Here, Wendell Berry revisits for the first time his immensely popular Collected Poems, which The New York Times Book Review described as “a straightforward search for a life connected to the soil, for marriage as a sacrament, and family life” and “[returns] American poetry to a Wordsworthian clarity of purpose.” In New Collected Poems, Berry reprints the nearly two hundred pieces in Collected Poems, along with the poems from his most recent collections—Entries, Given, and Leavings—to create an expanded collection, showcasing the work of a man heralded by The Baltimore Sun as “a sophisticated, philosophical poet in the line descending from Emerson and Thoreau . . . a major poet of our time.”

Wendell Berry is the author of over forty works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and has been awarded numerous literary prizes, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, a National Institute of Arts and Letters award for writing, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Jean Stein Award, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. While he began publishing work in the 1960s, Booklist has written that "Berry has become ever more prophetic," clearly standing up to the test of time.

 

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Wendell Berry is one of the more under-rated poets of the last 50 years. His new collection of his best over that time demonstrates time and again his deep connection with the land, his profound but ... Read full review

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Love Wendell Berry fiction and now his poetry! Whether you agree with is personal views or not,his poetry is beautiful. Read full review

Contents

Observance
6
Green and White
12
The Bird Killer
18
May Song
24
Ideal and Hard Time
33
The Handing Down
40
Three Elegiac Poems
55
The Thought of Something Else 59
59
Work Song
217
Stay Home
229
Seventeen Years
235
The Hidden Singer
241
The Necessity of Faith
242
A Warning to My Readers
248
The Slip
261
Requiem
267

To My Children Fearing for Them
66
The Dream
72
The Want of Peace
78
To a Siberian Woodsman
107
The Man Born to Farming
115
The Supplanting
117
The Seeds
130
The Birth Near Port William
143
Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer
148
Meditation in the Spring Rain
154
The Sorrel Filly
160
Poem
166
The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
173
Planting Trees
179
The Recognition
185
The Clear Days
193
CLEARING 1977
199
The Clearing
209
Rising
277
The Law That Marries All Things
284
To Tanya at Christmas
290
The River Bridged and Forgot
292
The Wheel
298
For the Explainers
307
One of Us
313
To My Mother
319
Air
325
The Three
331
Epitaph
342
Why
348
How to Be a Poet to remind myself
354
Lysimachia Nummularia
363
Like Snow
367
A Letter to ErnestJ Gaines
373
While Attending the Annual Convocation of Cause
379
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Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For more than forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.

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