Farming: A Hand Book

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The America many people would like to believe in is convincingly explored in this volume of poems by a writer close to the heart of things. The sanity and eloquence of these poems spring from the land in Kentucky where Wendell Berry was born, married, lives, farms, and writes. From classic pastoral themes both lyrical and reflective, to a verse play, to a dramatic narrative and the manic, entertaining, prescient ravings of Berry’s Mad Farmer, these poems show a unity of language and consciousness, skill and ...

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Overview

The America many people would like to believe in is convincingly explored in this volume of poems by a writer close to the heart of things. The sanity and eloquence of these poems spring from the land in Kentucky where Wendell Berry was born, married, lives, farms, and writes. From classic pastoral themes both lyrical and reflective, to a verse play, to a dramatic narrative and the manic, entertaining, prescient ravings of Berry’s Mad Farmer, these poems show a unity of language and consciousness, skill and sensitivity, that has placed Wendell Berry at the front rank of contemporary American poets.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582437637
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 213,017
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

I
The Man Born to Farming 3
The Stones 4
The Supplanting 5
Sowing 6
The Familiar 7
The Farmer among the Tombs 8
For the Rebuilding of a House 9
The Springs 10
Water 11
Rain 12
Sleep 13
To Know the Dark 14
Winter Night Poem for Mary 15
Winter Nightfall 16
February 2, 1968 17
March 22, 1968 18
The Morning's News 19
Enriching the Earth 21
A Wet Time 22
The Silence 23
In This World 24
The New Roof 25
A Praise 26
On the Hill Late at Night 27
The Barn 28
The Buildings 29
The Seeds 30
The Wish to Be Generous 31
Air and Fire 32
The Lilies 33
Independence Day 34
II
A Standing Ground 37
Song in a Year of Catastrophe 38
The Current 41
The Mad Farmer Revolution 42
The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer 44
The Farmer and the Sea 46
Earth and Fire 47
The Mad Farmer in the City 48
The Birth (Near Port William) 50
Awake at Night 55
Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer 56
The Satisfactions of the Mad Farmer 60
III
The Bringer of Water 66
IV
A Letter 101
Meditation in the Spring Rain 105
A Failure 108
The Grandmother 109
The Illumination of the Kentucky Mountain Craftsman 110
The Wages of History 111
The Heron 113
September 2, 1969 115
The Farmer, Speaking of Monuments 116
The Sorrel Filly 117
To the Unseeable Animal 118
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    If you ever farmed, I think you will like it.

    Sometimes sad, sometimes a laugh. His observation on his life in farming will ring true to others who planted seed in the soil then cussed because the rain was too little or too much, then held back from cussing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Dappletail and Co.

    Dappletail- She patrols the borders and then she washes her foul smelling paws in the water.••••••••••••
    Reedfether- Licked up some water

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    The stream

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