Given: New Poems

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Shoemaker & Hoard, 2006 - Poetry - 152 pages
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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. 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.

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User Review  - Carol Kuniholm - Goodreads

I find this slight volume of poetry restful, amusing, sometimes challenging. I've gone back to different poems in different moods and always find something new to puzzle over or laugh at. A favorite ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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 Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society.

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