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A Timbered Choir

The Sabbath Poems 1979 - 1997

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March 19, 1999 | Paperback | 5 x 8, 240 Pages | ISBN 9781582430065
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"Berry has long been an articulate and passionate defender of the environment, and his "Sabbath poems," spanning 20 years, bring the reader close to the earth, the fields and flowers, richness of the soil, and diversity of the seasons..." —Library Journal

Berry’s Sabbath poems embrace much that is elemental to human life—beauty, death, peace, and hope. In his preface to the collection, Berry writes about the growing audience for public poetry readings. While he sees poetry in the public eye as a good thing, Berry asks us to recognize the private life of the poem. These Sabbath poems were written “in silence, in solitude, and mainly out of doors,” and tell us about “moments when heart and mind are open and aware.” Many years of writing have won Wendell Berry the affection of a broad public. He is beloved for his quiet, steady explorations of nature, his emphasis on finding good work to do in the world, and his faith in the solace of family, memory, and community. His poetry is assured and unceasingly spiritual; its power lies in the strength of the truths revealed.

WENDELL BERRY was born in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1934. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in 1956 and continued on to complete a master’s degree in 1957. In 1958, he received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. He lives in Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry.

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“Berry has long been an articulate and passionate defender of the environment, and his “Sabbath poems,” spanning 20 years, bring the reader close to the earth, the fields and flowers, richness of the soil, and diversity of the seasons… These poems are not uniformly pastoral; Berry reflects, too, on war, technology, and the economy in these pages, but always with a heartfelt devotion first and foremost for the earth. A contemplative treasure.” —Library Journal

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