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April 9, 2013 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 352 Pages | ISBN 9781619021525

"So eloquent and substantial are Berry’s fiction and essays that his poetry can seem ancillary. Read in chronology and near-completely in this volume, however, his verse shines out as the radiant heart of his prophetic art... reading his poems is like drinking fresh springwater." —Booklist Starred Review

In Wendell Berry’s New Collected Poems, the poet revisits for the first time his immensely popular Collected Poems, which the New York Times Book Review described as “a straightforward search for a life connected to the soil, for marriage as a sacrament and family life” that “affirms a style that is resonant with the authentic,” and “[returns] American poetry to a Wordsworthian clarity of purpose.”

In New Collected Poems, Berry reprints the nearly two hundred pieces in Collected Poems, along with the poems from his most recent collections—EntriesGiven, and Leavings—to create an expanded collection, showcasing the work of a man heralded by the Baltimore Sun as “a sophisticated, philosophical poet in the line descending from Emerson and Thoreau… a major poet of our time.”

Wendell Berry is the author of over fifty works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and has been awarded numerous literary prizes, including the T. S. Eliot Award, a National Institute of Arts and Letters award for writing, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Jean Stein Award, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. While he began publishing work in the 1960s, Booklist has written that “Berry has become ever more prophetic,” clearly standing up to the test of time.

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. The author of more than 40 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Wendell Berry has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1962). He lives and works with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Port Royal, Kentucky.

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“So eloquent and substantial are Berry’s fiction and essays that his poetry can seem ancillary. Read in chronology and near-completely in this volume, however, his verse shines out as the radiant heart of his prophetic art… As his poetic career progresses, cogitation decreases, storytelling increases, and, most lately, epigram burgeons with stinging and amusing effectiveness. Moreover, reading his poems is like drinking fresh springwater.” —Booklist Starred Review

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