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Leavings No one writes like Wendell Berry Whether essay novel story or poem his inimitable voice rings true as natural as the land he has farmed in Kentucky for over years Following the widely praised

  • Title: Leavings
  • Author: Wendell Berry
  • ISBN: 9781582435343
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No one writes like Wendell Berry Whether essay, novel, story, or poem, his inimitable voice rings true, as natural as the land he has farmed in Kentucky for over 40 years.Following the widely praised Given, this new collection offers a masterful blend of epigrams, elegies, lyrics, and letters, with the occasional short love poem Alternately amused, outraged, and resignedNo one writes like Wendell Berry Whether essay, novel, story, or poem, his inimitable voice rings true, as natural as the land he has farmed in Kentucky for over 40 years.Following the widely praised Given, this new collection offers a masterful blend of epigrams, elegies, lyrics, and letters, with the occasional short love poem Alternately amused, outraged, and resigned, Berry s welcome voice is the constant in this varied mix The book concludes with a new sequence of Sabbath poems, works that have spawned from Berry s Sunday morning walks of meditation and observation.Berry s themes are reflections of his life friends, family, the farm, the nature around us as well as within He speaks strongly for himself and sometimes for the lost heart of the country As he has borne witness to the world for eight decades, what he offers us now in this new collection of poems is of incomparable value.

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    1. James Murphy on said:

      LIKE SNOWSuppose we did our worklike the snow, quietly, quietly, leaving nothing out.Lovely, isn't it? I've never read Wendell Berry before. I was pleased to see how attuned I am to his work. Part of it may be the South he writes about and is influenced by as well as the bucolic nature of his attentions. Another factor is that he thinks Kentucky but always with a cosmic and human perspective rather than concerning himself with the social or political thing Kentucky is. These poems are about man' [...]

    2. C. Hollis Crossman on said:

      Berry's ability to filter love of nature through so many lenses that it never becomes boring or passé is truly awe-inspiring. His seeming antipathy toward anything hinting at technological progress or the human imprint on nature is a little harder to swallow. The difficulty doesn't arise from disagreement with Berry's sentiments (Blake's "dark satanic mills" are indeed hateful and ugly) so much as skepticism toward his conclusions. The agrarian idealism he promotes is great if you can attain it [...]

    3. Katy on said:

      I will be leaving how many beauties over looked?***I have not paid enough attention. I have not been grateful enough.First time reading Mr. Berry. His work took my back 20 Years to a dorm room in North Carolina where I was trying to understand the works of A. R. Ammons. Both are Southern writers and you get the sense that never really left the farm.

    4. Sylvester on said:

      "In our consciousness of time we are doomed to the past The future we may dream of but can only know it after it has come and gone. The present too we know only as the past. When we say "This now ispresent, the heat, the breeze, the rippling water," it is past. Before we knew it, before we said "now" it was gone. If the only time we live is the present, and if the present is immeasurably short (or long), then by the measure of the measurers we don't exist at all, which seems improbable, or we ar [...]

    5. Jen Arthur on said:

      I find it difficult to give a rating to books of poetry, so I'm refraining this time. I'd read some of Berry's poems in the past and loved them, which inspired me to check out a full book of his work. There are some in here that were really great and resonated with me (I earmarked several pages), as well as some entertaining letters. Others were just too preachy for me, with a message that hits you over the head. I usually prefer a bit more subtlety in poetry, even if I agree with the sentiment. [...]

    6. Patti on said:

      Wendell Berry is mad, he has had enough of how things are going. He is not only writing about it, he protested with Bill McKibben and James Hansen at the Capitol Power Plant in Washington, D.C. re climate change.Questionnaire1. How much poison are you willing to eat for the success of the freemarket and global trade? Pleasename your preferred poisons.2. For the sake of goodness, how muchevil are you willing to do?Fill in the following blankswith the names of your favoriteevils and acts of hatred [...]

    7. Rachel Dawson on said:

      I've heard about Wendell Berry from a fellow friend and writer, and when I stumbled upon this little collection of poems at the bookstore a few days ago, I couldn't resist. I absolutely loved it-- his simple yet intricate words struck deep chords in me as he tackled topics I feel strongly about with such an elegance. I cannot wait to read more from him.

    8. Terri on said:

      While more hit-and-miss than some of the Berry's other works, this one contains some lovely love poems both to his wife and to the land. I found in some of the poems that his politics outweighed his word choices- and that's a pity. Taken as a whole, the book is worth reading, but not Berry's best.

    9. Kristi Fites on said:

      A Lovely PictureHis passion for the earth and its creatures is made clear in this beautiful collection of work. He has a clear defined sense of space while marveling at how we best destroy it. An interesting and lovely journey.

    10. sonnet on said:

      This is the best book of poetry I've ever read. Truly beautiful. Highly recommended!

    11. Diann on said:

      A beautiful collection of poems that highlight the best and worst of humanity and the impact on nature. A collection to savor and re-read.

    12. Correen on said:

      A rather interesting book of environmental poetry. Berry observes and interprets the rural life and he mourns assaults on healthy environments.

    13. Antonio Gallo on said:

      Ho tratto dal libro una poesia "Questionario", quanto mai provocatorio ed imbarazzante per chi si sente responsabile del nostro pianeta, della qualità della vita che su di esso conduciamo e dei sentimenti che nutriamo per il suo e nostro futuro. Il poeta chiede a chi legge quanto veleno è pronto ad ingoiare pur di avere successo sul mercato libero e globale. Lo invita a riempire le caselle e gli spazi vuoti come in un questionario sulla vita che facciamo, in particolare specificare i mali pref [...]

    14. Kevin Naylor on said:

      After hearing many I respect talk about Wendell Berry I decided to give him a read. I took this book with me on a backpacking trip with my wife in Mt. Rainier over the summer. The book came to life in a way next to a creek and beneath the pines that it may not have simply sitting in my living room. His desire to help us slow down and value the present, the very things around us - nature especially -aided me in my own moment of need to live presently. There are a few lines/images from poems withi [...]

    15. Miri on said:

      Couldn't muster the patience to give it the shot it probably deserved . . . Liked some of the poems, like "Questionnaire," "An Embarrassment," and "The Shining Ones," but came across hardly any that I could really get into. I'm with him on the environmental concerns but at the same time annoyed by his heavy-handed critiques (rich coming from me, I know)—I think it's because I get such a Ron Swanson feel from him (I am reading him on Nick Offerman's recommendation, after all). Berry's religiosi [...]

    16. Jennifer Fitzpatrick on said:

      “What I stand for is what I stand on” said Wendell Berry over 30 years agod his life’s work has conveyed that message. This simple collection of poems, letters, and prose celebrates nature, life, and love, and also clearly bemoans the loss of respect we humans have for the beauty that surrounds us. The Sabbath poems, inspired by Berry’s Sunday morning walks speak to the naturalist in each of us, evoking a spiritual connection to the land. Leavings is to be savored.

    17. Autumn on said:

      I continue to adore Wendell Berry's works. A great new favorite of mine, and I look forward to reading more of his books. Like Mary Oliver, his work speaks to me- however, Berry speaks to the small country spirit that still resides in me after my college education.

    18. Steven Kopp on said:

      The most "provincial" of the three poetry books I last read (Life on Mars, Simic's Sixty Poems) but also the most explicitly philosophical. Sometimes it felt sanctimonious. I'll give Wendell Berry this: He made me want to take a long stroll by a river in the woods.

    19. Laura on said:

      I have seen Wendell Berry quoted many times but have never read his words for myself. This was a nice collection of poems that I will keep close to my heart for years to come.

    20. Tyler V. on said:

      Going to give this one more read-through before my final review.

    21. Lydia Gorrell on said:

      I'm just pretty pumped that there's someone out there who wants to write poetry about why we shouldn't be using fossil fuels.

    22. Rick on said:

      There is a perfect poem at the start and then a wide blend of quality thereafter from this unique American poet. Farmer, activist, poet, and teacher, Berry is also a husband, neighbor, Christian, and naturalist. All of these personas figure strongly in his work. Here is “Like Snow,” the perfect poem. “Suppose we did our work / like the snow, quietly, quietly, / leaving nothing out.”The political poem “Questionnaire” lists five survey-like questions for potential political leaders (on [...]

    23. Bill on said:

      Well, this book has been on my "currently reading" shelf for close to a year now, and while I haven't actually read every bit of it, I have read probably 98% of the poems here, and many of them repeatedly, so I guess it's time to shelve it elsewhere. "To re-read" is the most logical place to put it, because I know I'll be coming back to it. I never get tired of reading Wendell Berry's work, be it fiction or poetry. Frankly, it's sometimes hard not to classify his prose as poetry, because the way [...]

    24. Christopher Rutenber on said:

      Leavings: leaves on the earth, leaving earth for Heaven how we will leave the planet, exploring old age and all left behind. These are the themes that make up Berry’s latest collection of poetry. The first section contains unique forms, poems as letters, or as lists, or as responses, be they hypothetical or real. These are the ones that carry the burning metaphor (though it is picked up later at times.) This metaphor for earth’s destruction, as an outgrowth of believing in the big bang was p [...]

    25. Terry on said:

      132 pages. There are probably about as many words in those pages as in the plethora of ponderous prose I plowed through in the pages of just one section of today's Sunday paper.Even as yet-to-be-President Obama was touting Hope, Wendell Berry was meditating on abandoning it. The poems encompassed in Sabbaths: 2005-2008 might be considered by some to be akin to sermons, but I find them related more to a day of rest, of thought, of contemplation. In particular, the pieces collected in the grouping [...]

    26. Melody on said:

      7/2011 I picked this up because I remembered it had an exquisite poem about the death of a well-loved dog, and our neighborhood lost a sweet and irreplaceable canine icon this week. Once I had the book in my hand, I had to read the whole thing over again. Here's the poem I went looking for:Nell's small grave, openingat the garden's edge to receive herout of this world's sight forever,reopens many graves. Digging,the old man grieves for his old dogwith all the grief he knows,which seems again to [...]

    27. Les on said:

      This collection was wonderful. I have not read Berry before, but I will be looking to read more from him soon. He writes with grace, elegance, and some fury. He is humble and wise simultaneously. This is a book that I want to return to often.There are many good pieces throughout, but the second to last gives a pretty good taste of his style.2008XXX.We forget the land we stand onand live from. We set ourselvesfree in an economy foundedon nothing, on greed verified by fantasy, on which we entirely [...]

    28. Maughn Gregory on said:

      One of the most beautiful and profound books I've read in a long time (maybe since the last book of Berry's poems I read?). A few of my favorite lines:" The mower's work too is beautiful, / granting rest and health to his mind."[of birds:] " They are above us / and yet of us, for those who fly / fall, like those who walk."" Hope / then to belong to your place by your own knowledge / of what it is that no other place is, and by / your caring for it as you care for no other place, this / place tha [...]

    29. Jonathan on said:

      Another sturdy collection of poems from the stalwart Kentuckian. Not many here grabbed me as others have (those in Given, for one), but these tender meditations on life both spiritual and bucolic are well worth anyone's time. We homo sapiens could stand to stop and smell the roses—whether lush or frozen or dead or just returning—more often. Berry is amazing at doing just that. The mundane becomes the mountainous by this man's pen, and always rightfully so. His poems are earnest but never ove [...]

    30. Abby Tamkin on said:

      The four stars are for my enjoyment of it, not a judgement of how good it was. Poetry is a lot if work to enjoy, and I think to get that last star out of it, I need to read all the poems a couple more times, in a copy if the book that I own and with a pencil in hand. Someday I will. There are a few themes that pervade Berry's writing, at least what I've read, and those themes show up a lot in this collection of poems: dissatisfaction with our economic system and the greed and mismanagement it en [...]

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