More than thirty-five years ago, when the weather allowed, Wendell Berry began spending his sabbaths outdoors, walking and wandering around familiar territory, seeking a deep intimacy only time could provide. These walks arranged themselves into poems and each year since he has completed a sequence dated by the year of its composition. Last year we collected the lot into a collection, This Day, the Sabbath Poems 1979-2013. This new sequence for the following year is one of the richest yet. This group provides a virtual syllabus for all of Mr. Berry's cultural and agricultural work in concentrated form. Many of these poems are drawn from the view from a small porch in the woods, a place of stillness and reflection, a vantage point "of the one/life of the forest composed/of uncountable lives in countless/years each life coherent itself within/ the coherence, the great composure,/of all." A new collection of Wendell Berry poems is always an occasion of joyful celebration and this one is especially so.
Wendell Berry has written more than fifty books. He lives and farms with his wife, Tanya Berry, in Henry County, Kentucky. In addition to the National Humanities Medal in 2010, and being named to deliver The Jefferson Lecture in 2012, the nation's highest honor for intellectual achievement, the Center for Food Safety has just given Mr. Berry its first annual American Food & Farming Award.
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