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"Love the world. Work for nothing. / Take all that you have and be poor. / Love someone who does not deserve it," writes Wendell Berry in the persona of "the mad farmer," a conservative landsman who deeply opposes the then-current war in Vietnam and the ongoing crisis of farming and the environment. Lyric, satiric, didactic, by turns funny and earnest, the poems collected in Farming, most from the late 1960s, established Berry as a social critic and artist of the first order. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Forty years and a day. Oct. 9 2011
By Charles J. Marr - Published on Amazon.com
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Berry tells us in a headnote that hes publisher wanted to reprint this work after a forty-year period, and reprint he does. He says he has done some revision on the verse play "Bringer of Water," but nothing else.Knowing how poets want to have a second chance to "say it right", I might want to check; these poems are as fresh and lively as the morning's milk. Not having an original at hand, I can not compare ; yet I take Berry at his word. By now Wendell Berry's subtle skill is known to most sensitive readers.It's here as he looks at the magic of the farmer as resurrection man, as mad slave to chance and weather and as the temporary warder of land; the man owned more by the land than owner thereof. There is a sense how we pass through nature, leaving subtle traces which may or may not be observed by others but none-the-less are there upon the landscape.

Berry looks at the practical labor of farming as in "The Barn" when he captures the sweaty frenzy of onloading hay as a thunderstorm approaches and "rain dashed and drove against the roof," all too common in the days before accurate weather forcasts. His Mad Farmer being contrary -a gift of the farmer and perhaps the reason for farmers' optimism, when told "God is dead!" disagrees since he has seen him fishing in the Kentucky River everyday. In "A Failure" he observes the absence of the wild lillies one spring and provides an explanation in a fashion with overtones of "The Wild Swans at Coole." There is a great deal more here. The lyrical is clearly lyrical, but Berry at times also points to a tree in the woods and says "See?" And if as readers we are open, we do.
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A welcome discovery Dec 9 2013
By Linda Swift - Published on Amazon.com
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I am just discovering Wendell Berry. He speaks to the soul of all stewards of the Earth in profound ways.
I loved this book. Oct. 2 2013
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This book was recommended to me by my son. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of his work.
I bought it for my three brothers and two other good friends. Aug. 3 2014
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This is an essential book for me. I bought it for my three brothers and two other good friends.
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Five Stars Oct. 7 2014
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Good book


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