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A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems, 1979-1997

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Berry’s Sabbath poems embrace much that is elemental to human life--beauty, death, peace, and hope.In his preface to the collection, Berry writes about the growing audience for public poetry readings. While he sees poetry in the public eye as a good thing, Berry asks us to recognize the private life of the poem. These Sabbath poems were written "in silence, in solitude, and mainly out of doors," and tell us about "moments when heart and mind are open and aware."Many years of writing have won Wendell Berry the ...
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Overview


Berry’s Sabbath poems embrace much that is elemental to human life--beauty, death, peace, and hope.In his preface to the collection, Berry writes about the growing audience for public poetry readings. While he sees poetry in the public eye as a good thing, Berry asks us to recognize the private life of the poem. These Sabbath poems were written "in silence, in solitude, and mainly out of doors," and tell us about "moments when heart and mind are open and aware."Many years of writing have won Wendell Berry the affection of a broad public. He is beloved for his quiet, steady explorations of nature, his emphasis on finding good work to do in the world, and his faith in the solace of family, memory, and community. His poetry is assured and unceasingly spiritual; its power lies in the strength of the truths revealed.
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With a mystic's knowledge of silence, darkness, awe, longing, praise and light, Berry provides spiritually renewing instruction through his beautiful contemplative verse.
Library Journal
Winner of the T.S. Eliot Award, Berry (A World Lost, LJ 10/15/96) spends Sunday mornings in walking meditation in the forests and fields around his Port Royal, KY, farm. During these walks he writes, and he has brought many of these poems together in the present volume. Berry has long been an articulate and passionate defender of the environment, and his "Sabbath poems," spanning 20 years, bring the reader close to the earth, the fields and flowers, richness of the soil, and diversity of the seasons: "Too late for frost, too early for flies,/ the air carries only birdsong, the long/ breath of wind in leaves." The poet has a marvelous ear for interior rhyme: "Horse and cow,/ plow and hoe, grass to graze/ and hay to mow have brought me/ here, and taught me where I am." These poems are not uniformly pastoral; Berry reflects, too, on war, technology, and the economy in these pages, but always with a heartfelt devotion first and foremost for the earth. A contemplative treasure; highly recommended.Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward
Stephen R. Whited
With a mystic's knowledge of silence, darkness, awe, longing, praise and light, Berry provides spiritually renewing instruction through his beautiful contemplative verse.
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Philadelphia Inquirer
In an era of poetry written for tenure committees or for mere vanity...Berry's work leaps ot as the unclassifiable, glorious exception.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582430065
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 230,980
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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