Farming, a Hand Book

Farming, a Hand Book

Wendell Berry / Nov 18, 2019

Farming a Hand Book 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

  • Title: Farming, a Hand Book
  • Author: Wendell Berry
  • ISBN: 9780156301718
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 narrativThe 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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    About "Wendell Berry"

      • Wendell Berry

        Wendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English and poet He was born August 5, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky where he now lives on a farm The New York Times has called Berry the prophet of rural America.


    457 Comments


    1. When I checked out this book I was extremely excited: a farming handbook by my new found mentor, Wendell Berry! Alas, I was disappointed when I saw that it was a book of poetry. I decided to give it a chance however and was pleasantly surprised. Berry writes the sort of poetry that I like: accessible, impressionist-like imagery, unique, interesting arresting use of words, etc. And about rural themes to boot! I raced through it because it became due at the library suddenly, otherwise I'd have cop [...]


    2. Curiously, I found my way into this book of poems through a historical work on American space by J.B. Jackson. It's the first item in his bibliography; It's a great choice for understanding the topography of farming in America, and the constant churn in the landscape. It has four sections, broken down into three sections of poetry, and a particularly poignant play in the penultimate spot. I'd recommend it to anyone in search of a concise look at the American attitude about the land, at least in [...]



    3. As much as my own poetry writing instincts veer toward nature poetry, I get only moderate enjoyment out of reading it. I don't read much poetry, but those poems I like best usually contain a surprising turn in the last couple of lines. Not all of these Berry poems lack this quality, but I think it's safe to say this strategic element isn't his goal. Rather, I would say that Berry's purposes are to observe, reflect on, and honor the subjects and settings of his poems, and this he achieves effecti [...]


    4. Wendell Berry orbits closely to the heart of life we really should take care to notice. The title would have you believe the book is on farming but rather it is closer to exposing the life and ethics our mind and heart miss but our lifestyle and community values drown out. Beautiful imagery and stark honesty.


    5. I'm surprised I didn't know about Wendell Berry before. These poems embody much of the romanticism of farm life, but there's a grittiness to them. Berry seems to be saying that yes, living off the land is hard and sometimes harsh, but it's what man was meant for, and there's a spiritual reward in it that you'll never find in a city. I'll have to chase down more of his work.


    6. My first introduction to poetry beyond nursery rhymes. This book planted the seed that grew into a desire to shape words to show how I see the world. Not perfect, but as close as you can get this side of heaven.


    7. It was a wonderful read. The simplicity of the poems, rooted in his life and work around the farm, with brief asides to his traveling and writing life, are very interesting. The little play near the end speaks powerfully to life and death and marriage and community. I loved this little book.


    8. Beautiful, simple, complex, earthy, elemental. Poems of protest, poems of celebration. Thank you, Mistaaa Berry.





    9. Absolutely gorgeous, honest, and earthy thoughts put into words. This book was my introduction to Wendell Berry, and I'm absolutely hooked.



    10. A few gems in particular stood out to me. "The Morning's News" and "The Mad Farmer in the City" and "The Satisfactions of the Mad Farmer" come to mind. Lovely earthy book.



    11. Poetry on the very human task of farming. Warm, heart-filled words that perform the task of showing how diverse and soulful a life in agriculture can be.


    12. This past week, Wendell Berry has felt less like an indulgence and more like a medication necessary to sustain life.


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