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New Collected Poems

4.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  222 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
In Wendell Berry’s upcoming The New Collected Poems, the poet revisits for the first time his immensely popular Collected Poems, which The New York Times Book Review described as “a straight-forward search for a life connected to the soil, for marriage as a sacrament and family life” that “affirms a style that is resonant with the authentic,” and “[returns] American poetry ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Counterpoint (first published January 1st 2012)
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James Murphy
Aug 03, 2013 James Murphy rated it it was amazing
Not long ago I saw an interview of Peter Matthiessen in which he was asked which writers he admires. The first he mentioned was Wendell Berry. His saying that was gratifying to me because Berry is one of 3 poets I've recently become attracted to because of his pastoral sensitivity, whose work creates a recognizable reality through the reflection of it. But it was also the way Matthiessen spoke of him I thought interesting: he called him a man in Kentucky who speaks the truth. And I recognized at ...more
Jun 27, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, nature
I checked this out on impulse at the library from a display. Prior to this, I had no familiarity with Wendell Berry as a poet; I had only a vague familiarity with him as a novelist, essayist, and lover of nature. While reading it, I began post-it flagging my favorite poems, only to find that I ended up with dozens of flags jutting out from the pages. Berry encapsulates much of the human experience in eloquent yet simple terms that speak to me. "Window Poems," for example, gives a glimpse of his ...more
Charles van Heck
May 04, 2012 Charles van Heck rated it it was amazing
Wendell Berry takes the reader into the hillside farmland of Henry County, Kentucky to connect both himself and his readers with what is authentic in life. He removes the false notes of what passes for poetry--what is often jumbled, arrogant, and pretentious reflections of a poet in a mirror--to remind us that when properly cultivated words, like the soil can yield a bountiful harvest. These poems remind us of the beauty we can be rewarded with when we take the time to live responsibly and with ...more
Nov 21, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I was preconditioned to love this collection. Wendell Berry is among my favorite writers - of poetry, short story, novel, essay - and this volume gathers together some of the best poems of his career.

If you've heard friends rave about the man's work but haven't yet gotten your feet wet in it, this is a good place to start. Don't read it from cover to cover, but dip in at random spots and splash around a little.
Mar 05, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
I arrived at the last page of this book of poems last night but am not finished with the book. In fact, I am not finished with any of the Wendell Berry books that I've read. He writes in a simple, logical way that causes me to slow down and think, and wrestle and ponder. His works sticks with me and draws me back for reference. The bookseller (that sold me this book) matter-of-factly stated, "The world would be a better place if everyone would read a Wendell Berry book." I agree.

Here are some of
Mark Bruce
Mar 28, 2013 Mark Bruce rated it liked it
Wendell Berry is one of those poets you hear about, whose name sound like a poet's name, whose work promises to be a return to the good dark loam of rural life and verse, but you never seem to get around to reading anything substantial by the man. He is an accomplished poet but this 400 page book does not help his cause. There are too many long poems whose themes get lost in a morass of "serious thoughts," somewhat like having and centric old guy lecture at you about life and death and marriage. ...more
Vikki Marshall
Jan 31, 2014 Vikki Marshall rated it it was amazing
If there is such a thing as Father Earth, then this natural, mystic poet surely must be it. Berry’s collected poems cover a significant time frame, spanning almost 40 years. We delve deep into American roots; we become farmers, family, lovers and caretakers of the land. Berry mourns for his fallen beloved, he wages war against the very act of war, and he begs us to maintain an environment that we can all thrive within. His poetry is a communion with one another and he asks us to embrace the eart ...more
David Sam
Aug 30, 2014 David Sam rated it really liked it
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 complex religious faith, and his lyrical ear. His poems can be read and appreciated by those who regularly read verse and those who seldom do.

That accessibility and his impatience with artifice in poetry or politics may suggest why some in the academic world ignore or disparage his writing.

The later
Dec 31, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, kindle, 2014, poetry
This new collection encompasses eleven previous books of poetry. Some I found inaccessible. Others I want to memorize. I smiled at the irony of reading "stay away from screens" as I read this book on my Kindle. I smiled at the two line poem entitled "Seventy Years" Well, anyhow, I am not going to die young.

Death is the subject of many poems; death, funerals, remembering, membership.

I don't foresee me reading through this book again, but I will revisit my favorites: "Her First Calf", "At a Count
Andrea McDowell
May 12, 2013 Andrea McDowell rated it really liked it
Shelves: poets-and-poetry
Wendell Berry is an enormously accomplished poet, and when writing of his love for his wife or his family or the landscape surrounding his farm, his poetry is brilliant and profound. But his poem-rants never have the resonance of his other pieces, and all too often when he does write of his wife, or of social issues, I find that his implied views of women would exclude me from the world he's building.

Still, his absolutist stand against change of all kinds and in all contexts is vastly overwhelm
Benjamin Vineyard
Mar 30, 2014 Benjamin Vineyard rated it really liked it

These words are scenes of human simplicity, of which we’re all composed. Such is who we truly are no matter our efforts to feel ourselves more complex.

These words, then, are touch points with reality, contacts with what it means to be a human being in God's grand masterpiece. We find ourselves coming back to this simple state of being and Berry has provided a simple road map.

My favorite poems are the rural stories, the ones where it feels like Berry and I are out in the meadow and he's telling
Sep 05, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing
I adore Wendell Berry's work, and this was no different. Poems ranged from 1964 - 2004. As he got older, his wit became drier, but all of the poems were great. As with all his writing, you have to quiet your mind, pay attention & read each word. You'll enjoy the journey.
Jun 27, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: icpl
Wendell Berry is a modern day prophet warning us against the desecration of our natural resources, especially the land. These poem are sobering to read. A good example is To My Children, Fearing for Them, p. 66.
Mar 08, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read any Wendell Berry since high school AP English.... This gorgeous collection reminded me of exactly why he spoke so deeply to my heart then. So happy to have rediscovered his poetry.
Sep 27, 2014 Ron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
If you've never read any Wendell Berry poetry, this book is a great place to start. It collects poems from a bunch of his previous releases into a single place.
Feb 09, 2016 Pat rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The poet philosopher expounds on his love for his wife, his neighbors, his community, his country, and his world. Enlightening and inspiring.
Aug 30, 2013 Resi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
absolutely LOVED it! reads like a "real talk" even more down-to-earth version of Robert Frost
Pam Gary
Jul 01, 2013 Pam Gary rated it it was amazing
So envious of the poet who can put it together perfectly, just like Wendell Berry.
Mandy Haggith
Dec 20, 2015 Mandy Haggith rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I love his rootedness.
Cheryl Gatling
In general, poetry is not autobiography, but in Wendell Berry's case, it pretty much is.

In general, one does well to read poetry with an eye (or ear) toward the poet's inventive use of language, memorable turns of phrase, striking images, use of rhythm and sometimes rhyme, and conveyance of emotion, more than reading strictly for content. Indeed there are such excellencies to be found in the poems of Wendell Berry, but what shines through all of Wendell Berry's poems is Wendell Berry. The poems
Jan 30, 2013 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
If you are not already a fan of this poet, I suggest trying one of his individual poetry titles first, such as "Farming: A Handbook," and selecting this full collection only if you are, like I hope to be, a Wendell Berry completist.

That said, I feel the need to explain my three-star rating, so here goes:

I do adore Wendell Berry's work. I have read quite a lot of his published writing by now, and I think of him first as an essayist, second (but just barely second) as a writer of fiction, and thir
Debra Scott
May 15, 2015 Debra Scott rated it it was ok
While some of his line were wonderfully desciptive and breathed with life, the never ending theme of death left me depressed. I gave up after half the book. I could not read another poem about death, dieting and graves.
Hannah Jane
Sep 06, 2015 Hannah Jane rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Even though this wasn't my cup of tea, I did enjoy The Companions and To Go By Singing. I just couldn't get into his longer pieces.
Jun 25, 2016 Betty rated it really liked it
Whew! It took me two years of reading a poem or two at a time, but I finally finished.
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Wendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English and poet. He was born August 5, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky where he now lives on a farm. The New York Times has called Berry the "prophet of rural America."
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