A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems, 1979-1997

A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems, 1979-1997

by Wendell Berry


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Berry’s Sabbath Poems embrace much that is elemental to human life—beauty, death, peace, and hope. In his preface, 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."

Wendell Berry 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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ISBN-13: 9781582430065
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 03/28/1999
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 392,491
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems, 1979-1997 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work of art expresses the cycle of life and death, and the realization that we as humans are a part of this... Berry's poems, like mantras, dig deep into the essence of humanity and the need for humans to make communities, communities sacred and whole. Berry draws upon Eastern ideas and blends them with the essence of Western thought and Christianity. His poems show the beauty and wisdom in Christianity which is often missed by the casually devout Christian. He taps into the mystical tradition, which belongs not only to the Eastern cultures, but also which is an essential element of Christianity, a beautiful environmental Christianity which is lost in Western, patriarchal, dualistic thought. Berry's words praise life and the joys of connecting with the divine in all of life... Berry taps into what is neglected in our American culture, and the essence of what could be... how we could feel sacred and tree(t) the Earth with respect...
StephenBarkley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This past summer I paddled the Missinaibi River from Missinaibi Lake to Mattice. In the evenings around the campfire, I would read a poem or two from this volume.Berry¿s a farmer from Kentucky, so it might seem odd that his poems felt appropriate in the Northern Ontario wilderness, but that¿s what you get with Berry. He is so connected and intimately familiar with his location, his writing transcends that place and becomes universally applicable.This book is organized chronologically, containing poems written between 1979 and 1997. The poems at the start of the book are profound. By the end of the book, they¿re sublime. I¿ll leave you with one of his shortest works to whet your appetite. The seed is in the ground. Now may we rest in hope While darkness does it¿s work.
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