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Given: Poems [Hardcover]

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.18" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 10, 2005
Publisher   Shoemaker & Hoard
ISBN  1593760612  
EAN  9781593760618  

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The author's first book of poems in a decade includes selections from his "Sabbath Poems," as well as celebrations of the painters Harlan and Anna Hubbard, "Sonata at Payne Hollow," and other shorter works of verse.

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Wendell Berry's first book of new poems in 10 years--a rich and varied new collection--is cause for celebration. As the "New York Times Book Review" noted, "Berry's straightforward search for a life connected to the soil, for marriage as a sacrament . . . affirms a style that is resonant with the authentic. . . . He can be said to have returned American poetry to a Wordsworthian clarity of purpose."
For the past 25 years Berry has been at work on a long sequence, "The Sabbath Poems," resulting from his Sunday morning walks of meditation and observation, and we have been collecting the unpublished sequences for the past eight years. Here also is a play in verse, Sonata at Payne Hollow, a startling evocation of the lives of Harlan and Anna Hubbard. But half of this varied collection contains shorter pieces, ranging from political poems to folk sayings (fans will be delighted by the new "Sayings and Doings), from love poems to celebrations.

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Wendell Berry WENDELL BERRY was born in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1934. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1956 and continued on to complete a master’s degree in 1957. In 1958, he received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

Berry has taught at Stanford University, Georgetown College, New York University, the University of Cincinnati, and Bucknell University. He taught at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky from 1964-77, and again from 1987-93.

The author of more than 40 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Wendell Berry has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1962), the Vachel Lindsay Prize from Poetry (1962), a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1965), a National Institute of Arts and Letters award for writing (1971), the Emily Clark Balch Prize from The Virginia Quarterly Review (1974), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Jean Stein Award (1987), a Lannan Foundation Award for Non-Fiction (1989), Membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers (1991), the Ingersoll Foundation's T. S. Eliot Award (1994), the John Hay Award (1997), the Lyndhurst Prize (1997), and the Aitken-Taylor Award for Poetry from The Sewanee Review (1998). His books include the novel Hannah Coulter (2004), the essay collections Citizenship Papers (2005) and The Way of Ignorance (2006), and Given: Poems (2005), all available from Counterpoint. Berry's latest works include The Mad Farmer Poems (2008) and Whitefoot (2009), which features illustrations by Davis Te Selle.

He lives and works with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Port Royal, Kentucky.

Wendell Berry currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Wendell Berry was born in 1934.

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Berry Has Much Better Poems  Apr 18, 2006
Wendell Berry is one of my favorite poets; I highly recommend 'Entries', 'The Timbered Choir, and his various collected and selected poems to anyone interested in language that is alive and powerful in evocatively imagistic and spiritual ways. But 'Given' left me a bit cold. These poems would be better suited to Berry's excellent agrarian commentary work; but as poetry they failed the genre a bit, coming off like bland polemics in a language all too flat. The work is not without some merit, but I would certainly give Berry's other collections a much higher priority.
Masterful  Jan 19, 2006
Those denying themselves the pleasure to read real poetry should encounter this volume. The "Sabbath Poems" series is truly great poetry in every sense of the word.
Gifts for Sabbath   Nov 2, 2005
Wonderful recent poems. Some of the poems seem ambiguous, which add to their power. In "The Rejected Husband" it doesn't matter if he is talking about a divorce or a death, it still has the pain of rejection. " He writes a Poem "How to be a poet" to remind him not to "disturb the silence from which it came".

The Sabbath poems from 1998-2004 have a sermon quality and other times a elegy quality. There is his own grappling with the loss of friends "nothing taken, that was not first a gift." But there is also the hope in nature "and the little blossoms make a new softness in the light", and the relationship of with grief is "In Heaven the starry saints will wipe away / The tears forever from our eyes, but they / Must no erase the memory of our grief. In bliss, eve, there can be no relief".

It Is up to the reader to decide If Berry achieve his goal "To make my art compatible / with the songs of the local birds."
Thoughts about love, aging and war  Oct 7, 2005
Wendell Berry has written more than 40 books. His poetry books are shining gems. They are filled with short "simple" poems that will stop you in your tracks.

The section of this book entitled "Sabbaths" contains poems written on Sundays from 1998-2004. Until 2003, these poems are about love, long term love; aging,the joys and sorrows; and love and connection with the land. In 2003, Berry gets angry and his poems are filled with sorrow and horror about the war.

From VII
"When they cannot speak freely in defiance
of wealth self-elected to righteousness,
let the arts of pleasure and beauty cease.
Let every poet and singer of joy be dumb.
When those in power by owning all the words
have made them mean nothing, let silence
speak for us. When freedom's light goes out, let color
drain from all paintings into gray puddles
on the museum floor. When every ear awaits only
the knock on the door in the dark midnight,
let all the orchestras sound just one long note of woe.

No matter if you read Berry's fiction, essays or poetry, your life will be enriched.

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