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March 10, 2006 | Paperback |  5 x 8, 160 pages | ISBN 9781593761073
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"Berry's craftsmanship remains impeccable. Few other poets have such chaste and precise diction or manage line and stanza with such unaffected serenity." —Booklist

For five decades Wendell Berry has been a poet of great clarity and purpose. He is a writer whose imagination is grounded by the pastures of his chosen place and the rooms and porches of his family’s home. In Given—his first collection of new poems in ten years—the work is as rich and varied as ever before. With his unmistakable voice as the constant, he dexterously maneuvers through a variety of forms and themes—political cautions, love poems, a play in verse, and a long series of “Sabbath Poems” that resulted from Berry’s recent Sunday morning walks of meditation and observation.

Berry’s work is one of devotion — to family and community, to the earth and her creatures, to the memories of the past and the hope of the future. His writing stands alongside the work of William Carlos Williams and Robert Frost as a rigorous American testament.

WENDELL BERRY is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and essay. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society.


“As a poet, he has stood apart from the categories and controversies of the literary world, writing in language neither modern nor postmodern, making poems that have the straightforward elegance of the Amish furniture in his farmhouse. And in recent decades, he has produced a body of political thought, in a series of essays and speeches, that is so Jeffersonian it seems almost un-American in today’s world.” —Smithsonian

“Berry’s craftsmanship remains impeccable. Few other poets have such chaste and precise diction or manage line and stanza with such unaffected serenity.” —Booklist

“If you’re wondering where all the sincerity has gone in contemporary poetry, you many rest assured that Wendell Berry has it.” —Bookpress

“Berry’s straightforward search for a life connected to the soil, for marriage as a sacrament . . . affirms a style that is resonant with the authentic. . . . He can be said to have returned American poetry to a Wordsworthian clarity of purpose.” —The New York Times Book Review

“In an era of poetry written for tenure committees or for mere vanity, poetry praised for careerist or for idiosyncratic reasons, Berry’s work leaps out as the unclassifiable, glorious exception.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“For those who believe that life and the world are gifts, this is an invaluable book.” —Booklist

“Berry enjoins us to look at common parts of creation—trees, rivers, and birds—but meditates upon them with such grace and insight as to ensure that we will never see them as commonplace again.” —Splendid Magazine

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