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The Collected Poems, 1957-1982 by Wendell Berry
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Feb 27, 2011

it was amazing
Read from February 27 to March 19, 2011

I very much enjoy the work of Wendell Berry. His sensibility and point of view on the current state of humanity and the planet is a good one, and many fine poems originate there. He does enjoy wordplay to a great extent and not always to the benefit of his lines, but when that wordplay works, there are few who can best him. His "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" is, for my money, the best poem in the collection, but there are quieter and deeper poems that are also impressive: "Another Descent," "To Know the Dark," "The Snake," "Enriching the Earth," and "Traveling at Home" are my favorites. It is interesting that for me, most of the poems I liked best were selected from Farming: A Handbook on pages 103 to 140. All in all, if you are a reader, Wendell Berry can awaken your best sensibilities about living on the land and if you are a writer of poems yourself, he can give you pointers and add to your chops.
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Mariah I will have to see if I can pick up a copy of this at the library. I love poems connected to the land.


Eric Shaffer Wendell Berry is most definitely connected to the land, mainly as a farmer and long-time resident of middle America. His common theme is cultivating the land and eventually becoming part of it. I like most of it.


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