Farming: A Hand Book

Farming: A Hand Book

by Wendell Berry


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582437637
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 09/20/2011
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 735,356
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

The Man Born to Farming3
The Stones4
The Supplanting5
The Familiar7
The Farmer among the Tombs8
For the Rebuilding of a House9
The Springs10
To Know the Dark14
Winter Night Poem for Mary15
Winter Nightfall16
February 2, 196817
March 22, 196818
The Morning's News19
Enriching the Earth21
A Wet Time22
The Silence23
In This World24
The New Roof25
A Praise26
On the Hill Late at Night27
The Barn28
The Buildings29
The Seeds30
The Wish to Be Generous31
Air and Fire32
The Lilies33
Independence Day34
A Standing Ground37
Song in a Year of Catastrophe38
The Current41
The Mad Farmer Revolution42
The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer44
The Farmer and the Sea46
Earth and Fire47
The Mad Farmer in the City48
The Birth (Near Port William)50
Awake at Night55
Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer56
The Satisfactions of the Mad Farmer60
The Bringer of Water66
A Letter101
Meditation in the Spring Rain105
A Failure108
The Grandmother109
The Illumination of the Kentucky Mountain Craftsman110
The Wages of History111
The Heron113
September 2, 1969115
The Farmer, Speaking of Monuments116
The Sorrel Filly117
To the Unseeable Animal118

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Farming: A Hand Book 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dappletail- She patrols the borders and then she washes her foul smelling paws in the water.•••••••••••• Reedfether- Licked up some water
Anonymous More than 1 year ago