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Leavings by Wendell Berry
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Dec 16, 2009

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Another sturdy collection of poems from the stalwart Kentuckian. Not many here grabbed me as others have (those in Given, for one), but these tender meditations on life both spiritual and bucolic are well worth anyone's time. We homo sapiens could stand to stop and smell the roses—whether lush or frozen or dead or just returning—more often. Berry is amazing at doing just that. The mundane becomes the mountainous by this man's pen, and always rightfully so. His poems are earnest but never overreaching, and, anyway, he quietly lives and writes by the notion that "A man's reach will always exceed his grasp."

It's good to read from older, wiser people. And this guy is so very wise.

My favorite WB poem, for what it's worth:

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