New Collected Poems

New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry

I turned the final page of this book of poems last night but am not finished with the book. In fact, I am not finished with any of the Wendell Berry books that I've read. He writes in a simple, logical way that causes me to slow down and think, and wrestle and ponder. His works sticks with me and draws me back for reference. The bookseller that sold me this book matter-of-factly stated, "The world would be a better place if everyone would read a Wendell Berry book." I agree.

Here are some of my favorite poems and lines:

- The Peace of Wild Things (instructions for enjoying this poem - google the title and read the poem AND then try to do it!)
- Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front - "Praise ignorance, for what man has not encountered he has not destroyed..."
-The Law That Marries All Things, "It is the great chorus of parts. The only outlawry is division."
-The Reassurer, (against political Bravo Sierra)
-Some Further Words, "the world is whole beyond human knowing."
-On the Theory of the Big Bang as the Origin of the Universe
"What banged? Before banging how did it get there? When it got there where was it?"
-Questionnaire asks brutal but necessary questions...(follow the link to read the poem)

My favorite of all and my "mission" poem and maybe the best human description of the mission of the people of God:

February 2, 1968
In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter,
war spreading, families dying, the world in danger,
I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover

Go read some Wendell Berry, it will do you good... 


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