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A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014 and 2015 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619026162
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 14th, 2016

More than thirty-five years ago, when the weather allowed, Wendell Berry began spending his sabbaths outdoors, walking and wandering around familiar territory, seeking a deep intimacy only time could provide. These walks arranged themselves into poems and each year since he has completed a sequence dated by the year of its composition.


Roots to the Earth: Poems and a Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619027800
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 13th, 2016

In 1995, Wendell Berry's Roots to the Earth was published in portfolio form by West Meadow Press. The wood etchings of celebrated artist and wood engraver, Wesley Bates, were printed from the original wood blocks on handmade Japanese paper.


Our Only World: Ten Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619027008
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

Since the Second World War ended, America has performed like a gyroscope losing its balance, wobbling this way and that, unable to settle into itself and its own great promise. Wendell Berry has been a voice for that promise, a voice for reason and hope and urgent concern.


Our Only World: Ten Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619024885
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 10th, 2015

As the United States prepares to leave its long war in Afghanistan, it now must contemplate the necessity of sending troops back to Iraq, recalling General Colin Powell's advice to President Bush: "If you break it, you own it," as
the world's hot spots threaten to spread over the globe with the ferocity of a war of holy terror and desperation.


Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619025462
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 12th, 2015

In 1969 Gary Snyder returned from a long residence in Japan to northern California, to a homestead in the Sierra foothills where he intended to build a house and settle on the land with his wife and young sons. He had just published his first book of essays, Earth House Hold.


Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619023055
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 3rd, 2014

In 1969 Gary Snyder returned from a long residence in Japan to the Sierra foothills, where he intended to build a house and settle with his wife and sons. He had just published his first book of essays, Earth House Hold. A few years before, Wendell Berry left New York City for farmland in Port Royal, Kentucky, where he built a small studio and lived with his wife.


The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619025998
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 15th, 2015

Since its publication by Sierra Club Books in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today's agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families.


Terrapin: Poems by Wendell Berry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619024250
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 11th, 2014

Tom Pohrt spent years gathering those poems of Wendell Berry's he imagined children might read and appreciate, making sketches to accompany his selection. Over the past several years a dialogue has evolved in which the poet has come to advise the illustrator on the natural history of the animals and plants seen so intimately in the poems.


Terrapin: Poems Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Tom Pohrt (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781619025790
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 15th, 2015

Tom Pohrt spent years gathering those poems of Wendell Berry's he imagined children might read and appreciate, making sketches to accompany his selection. Over the past several years a dialogue has evolved in which the poet has come to advise the illustrator on the natural history of the animals and plants seen so intimately in the poems.


Citizenship Papers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619024472
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 2014

Discerning the political import of complex current events requires great urgency, clarity, and care. Nothing less than the future of our nation is at stake. Wendell Berry's Citizenship Papers, collecting nineteen essays, is a ringing alarm, a call for resistance and responsibility, and a reminder of how fragile our commonwealth has become at the dawn of the twenty-first century.


Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781582435435
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 18th, 2009


Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry's caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence. Long before Whole Foods organic produce was available at your local supermarket, Berry was farming with the purity of food in mind.


What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Herman Daly (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781582436067
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 18th, 2010

Over the years, Wendell Berry has sought to understand and confront the financial structure of modern society and the impact of developing late capitalism on American culture.


The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593760076
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Published: Shoemaker & Hoard - August 5th, 2003

"Here is a human being speaking with calm and sanity out of the wilderness. We would do well to hear him."--The Washington Post Book World


Selected Poems of Wendell Berry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582430379
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 6th, 1999

The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry gathers one hundred poems written between 1957 and 1996. Chosen by the author, these pieces have been selected from each of nine previously published collections. The rich work in this volume reflects the development of Berry's poetic sensibility over four decades.


What Are People For?: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434872
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 25th, 2010

Wendell Berry identifies himself as both -a farmer of sorts and an artist of sorts, - which he deftly illustrates in the scope of these 22 essays. Ranging from America's insatiable consumerism and household economies to literary subjects and America's attitude toward waste, Berry gracefully navigates from one topic to the next.


Leavings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582436241
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 2011

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 forty years.


A Timbered Choir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582430065
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 19th, 1999

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.


Memory of Old Jack Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582430430
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 8th, 1999

In a rural Kentucky river town, "Old Jack" Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the sades of one burnished day in September 1952. Bringing the earthiness of America's past to mind, The Memory of Old Jack conveys the truth and integrity of the land and the people who live from it.


The Way of Ignorance: And Other Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593761196
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Published: Shoemaker & Hoard - September 2006

The continuing war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the political sniping engendered by the Supreme Court nominations, Terry Schiavo -- contemporary American society is characterized by divisive anger, profound loss, and danger.


Given Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593761073
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Published: Shoemaker & Hoard - March 2006

For five decades Wendell Berry has been a poet of great clarity and purpose. He is an award-winning 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 now in paperback -- the work is as rich and varied as ever before.


That Distant Land: The Collected Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593760540
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Published: Shoemaker & Hoard - February 24th, 2005

That Distant Land includes twenty-three stories from Wendell Berry's Port William membership. Arranged in their fictional chronology, the book shines forth as a single sustained work, not simply an anthology. It reveals Wendell Berry as a literary master capable of managing an imaginative integrity over decades of writing with a multitude of characters followed over several generations.


Fidelity: Five Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679748311
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 28th, 1993

"Berry richly evokes Port William's farmlands and hamlets, and his characters are fiercely individual, yet mutually protective in everything they do. . . . His sentences are exquisitely constructed, suggesting the cyclic rhythms of his agrarian world."--New York Times Book Review.


A Place on Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582431246
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 17th, 2001

The rhythms of this novel are the rhythms of the land. A Place on Earth resonates with variations played on themes of change; looping transitions from war into peace, winter into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence, lost into found.


Imagination in Place: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582437064
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 2011

In Imagination in Place, we travel to the local cultures of several writers important to Berry's life and work, from Wallace Stegner's great West and Ernest Gaines's Louisiana plantation life to Donald Hall's New England, and on to the Western frontier as seen through the Far East lens of Gary Snyder.


Whitefoot: A Story from the Center of the World Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Davis Te Selle (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781582436401
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 2010

Whitefoot is a field mouse, a small creature with "elegant whiskers" and a "reddish brindly tan" coat. She lives within a cozy enclave of family at the edge of the woods, where she knows, without a doubt, that she exists at the center of her world.


Standing by Words Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582437453
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 12th, 2011

"If we fail to do what is required and if we do what is forbidden, we exclude ourselves from the mercy of Nature; we destroy our place, or we are exiled from it."


Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community: Eight Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679756514
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 13th, 1994

In this new collection of essays, Wendell Berry continues his work as one of America's most necessary social commentators. With wisdom and clear, ringing prose, he tackles head-on some of the most difficult problems which face us as we near the end of the twentieth century.


Another Turn of the Crank Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582437460
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 12th, 2011

Wendell Berry proposes, and earnestly hopes, that people will learn once more to care for their local communities, and so begin a restoration that might spread over our entire nation and beyond. The renewed development of local economies would help preserve rural diversity despite the burgeoning global economy that threatens to homogenize and compromise communities all over the world.


Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582431413
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 19th, 2001

A] scathing assessment...Berry shows that Wilson's much-celebrated, controversial pleas in Consilience to unify all branches of knowledge is nothing more than a fatuous subordination of religion, art, and everything else that is good to science...Berry is one of the most perceptive critics of American society writing today.-Lauren F.


The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky's Red River Gorge Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593760922
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Published: Shoemaker & Hoard - February 2nd, 2006

Only someone who values land enough to farm a hillside for more than thirty years could write about a wild place so lovingly. Wendell Berry just as easily steps into Kentucky's Red River Gorge and makes the observations of a poet as he does step away to view his subject with the keen, unflinching eye of an essayist.


The Poetry of William Carlos Williams of Rutherford Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582437149
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 2011

Acclaimed essayist and poet Wendell Berry was born and has always lived in a "provincial" part of the country without an established literary culture. In an effort to adapt his poetry to his place of Henry County, Kentucky, Berry discovered an enduringly useful example in the work of William Carlos Williams.


Nathan Coulter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434094
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 2008

This, the first title in the Port William series, introduces the rural section of Kentucky with which novelist Wendell Berry has had a lifelong fascination. When young Nathan loses his grandfather, Berry guides readers through the process of Nathan's grief, endearing the reader to the simple humanity through which Nathan views the world.


The Mad Farmer Poems Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Abigail Rorer (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781593761769
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Published: Counterpoint - November 1st, 2008

During the otherwise quiet course of his life as a poet, Wendell Berry has become “mad” at what contemporary society has made of its land, its communities, and its past. This anger reaches its peak in the poems of the Mad Farmer, an open-ended sequence he’s found himself impelled to continue against his better instincts.


Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Christ's Teachings of Love, Compassion and Forgiveness Cover Image
By Wendell Berry (Compiled by)
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ISBN: 9781593761004
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Published: Shoemaker & Hoard - October 4th, 2005

For two thousand years, artists, social and cultural activists, politicians and philosophers, humanists and devoted spiritual seekers have all looked to the sayings of Jesus for inspiration and instruction. Unfortunately, on occasions too frequent and destructive to enumerate, the teachings of Christ have been either ignored or distorted by the very people calling themselves Christian.


The Hidden Wound Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434865
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 18th, 2010

With the expected grace of Wendell Berry comes The Hidden Wound, an essay about racism and the damage it has done to the identity of our country. Through Berry's personal experience, he explains how remaining passive in the face of the struggle of racism further corrodes America's potential.


The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434841
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 2009

The essays in The Gift of Good Land are as true today as when they were first published in 1981; the problems addressed here are still with us and the solutions no nearer to hand. One of the insistent themes of this book is the interdependence, the wholeness, the oneness of people, the land, weather, animals, and family. To touch one is to tamper with them all.


Remembering Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434155
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 2008

Wendell Berry's continued fascination with the power of memory continues in this treasured novel set in 1976. Andy Catlett, a farmer whose hand was lost in an accident only eight months prior, wanders the streets of San Francisco.


Window Poems Cover Image
By Wendell Berry, Wesley Bates (Illustrator), James Baker Hall (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781582436234
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 2010

Composed while Wendell Berry looked out the multipaned window of his writing studio, this early sequence of poems contemplates Berry's personal life as much as it ponders the seasons he witnessed through the window.


Home Economics: Fourteen Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434858
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 2009

"My work has been motivated," Wendell Berry has written, "by a desire to make myself responsibly at home in this world and in my native and chosen place." In Home Economics, Mr. Berry explores this process and continues to discuss what it means to make oneself "responsibly at home." His title reminds us that the very root of economics is stewardship, household management.


Andy Catlett: Early Travels Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593761646
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 2007

Andy Catlett is the latest installment in Wendell Berry's Port William series, a distinct set of stories that Berry has been telling now for 50 years. Set during the Christmas of 1943, nine-year-old Andy Catlett sets off to visit his grandparents in Port William by bus, by himself for the first time. For Andy this is a rite of passage, his first step into manhood.


The Long-Legged House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593760137
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Published: Counterpoint - December 1st, 2003

First published in 1969 and out of print for more than twenty-five years, The Long-Legged House was award-winner Wendell Berry’s first collection of essays, the inaugural work introducing many of the central issues that have occupied him over the course of his career.


Citizenship Papers: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593760373
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Published: Counterpoint - August 1st, 2004

Citizenship papers, n 1. Materials prepared for presentation to authorities when making an application for citizenship. 2. Documents presented as proof of citizenship.


A World Lost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582434186
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 2008

Set against the turmoil of the World War II, A World Lost is just one of the classic chapters in Berry's Port William series. The summer of 1944 finds nine-year-old Andy Catlett in that very town in Kentucky, occupied more with watching meadowlarks and dipping into the nearby spring than with the weary news of the day.


My Mercy Encompasses All: The Koran's Teachings on Compassion, Peace & Love Cover Image
By Reza Shah-Kazemi (Notes by), Wendell Berry (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781593761448
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Published: Shoemaker & Hoard - September 2007

If the concept of divine unity dominates the mind, it is the principle of divine compassion that rules the heart in Islam. Contrary to the harsh stereotypes of Islam-fostered both by fanatics within the religion itself, and by biased critics-the culture of this religion is steeped in the ambience generated by mercy and compassion, expressions of divine love.


Entries Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781887178372
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 1997

Berry's remarkable new collection, produced over the past decade, offers poems of remembrance and regeneration, celebrating life's complexities from the domestic to the eternal.


Harlan Hubbard: Life and Work Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780813109428
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - June 27th, 1997

"Includes 20 color plates of Hubbard's own paintings, along with several photographs of Anna and Harlan Hubbard. Wendell Berry is also the author of Tobacco Harvest: An Elegy. See other books in the series Blazer Lectures.


Tobacco Harvest: An Elegy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780813123271
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - September 24th, 2004

"In 1973, James Baker Hall photographed these scenes and events of a Kentucky tobacco harvest.


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New Collected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619021525
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 9th, 2013

In 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."


It All Turns on Affection: The Jefferson Lecture & Other Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619021143
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 11th, 2012

When he accepted the invitation to deliver The Jefferson Lecture--our nation's highest honor for distinguished intellectual achievement--Wendell Berry decided to take on the obligation of thinking again about the problems that have engaged him throughout his long career.


A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619020009
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 8th, 2012

The title of this book is taken from an account by Thomas F. Hornbein on his travels in the Himalayas.


The Country of Marriage Cover Image
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 26th, 2013

First published in 1971, The Country of Marriage is Wendell Berry's fifth volume of poetry.


A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619020498
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 23rd, 2012

For more than fifty years, Wendell Berry has been telling us stories about Port William, a mythical town on the banks of the Kentucky River, populated over the years by a cast of unforgettable characters living in a single place over a long time.


Two More Stories of the Port William Membership Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780917788710
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Published: Gnomon Press - January 1st, 1997

Fiction. Two stories of rural life from the author of WATCH WITH ME and FIDELITY, newly available in paperback from Gnomon. As a celebrator of the land and the turning of the seasons that govern us still, Wendell Berry is, indeed, our writer for all seasons -- Wade Hall, Lexington Herald-Leader.


Sayings & Doings and an Eastward Look Cover Image
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Published: Gnomon Press - January 1st, 1990

New Collected Poems Cover Image
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 9th, 2013

In 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."


Jayber Crow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582431604
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 30th, 2001

Jayber Crow, born in Goforth, Kentucky, orphaned at age ten, began his search as a "pre-ministerial student" at Pigeonville College. There, freedom met with new burdens and a young man needed more than a mirror to find himself. But the beginning of that finding was a short conversation with "Old Grit," his profound professor of New Testament Greek.