A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014

A Small Porch Sabbath Poems 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

  • Title: A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014
  • Author: Wendell Berry
  • ISBN: 9781619026162
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Last year we collected the lot into aMore 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 Last year we collected the lot into a collection, This Day, the Sabbath Poems 1979 2013.This new sequence for the following year is one of the richest yet This group provides a virtual syllabus for all of Mr Berry s cultural and agricultural work in concentrated form Many of these poems are drawn from the view from a small porch in the woods, a place of stillness and reflection, a vantage point of the one life of the forest composed of uncountable lives in countless years each life coherent itself within the coherence, the great composure, of all.

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    1. I started this book with the essay at the back and then read the poetry and I'm glad I did because it makes Berry's poetry more explicit and meaningful. His essay, "The Presence of Nature in the Natural World: A Long Conversation" concerns our western understanding of Nature as first a kind of diety - or at least an active Personality - as illuminated by Chaucer, Spenser and Alan of Lille and later as a benign, general presence to which we escape from the "real" world. He explains how this chang [...]

    2. Gathering poems Berry wrote during his sabbaths of 2014 and 2015, this book serves as a follow-up to This Day: New and Collected Sabbath Poems 1979 - 2012 which gathered previous years. While a long essay makes up half the book, I found the poetry strong, exhibiting Berry's characteristic reflections on the relations of man and nature. This is not the place to start with Berry but it is an excellent addition to his body of work.

    3. This book is about half poems and half an extended essay called "The Presence of Nature in the Natural World." The poems are pretty consistent with his earlier "Sabbath poems," and I can't say I really got anything incremental out of reading them. (To some extent this sort of seems like the point to me; if you take a cyclical view of nature and life, there can't be much additional value to reading 10% more poems on the same topic by the same person--maybe better to re-read a smaller number!)The [...]

    4. I enjoyed the poems more than the essay, but that is more due to my ineptness in reading Chaucer than any fault of Wendell Berry's. This is a serious book with Wendell calling out for us to work hard on saving the world as we know it. It is a wonderful book. I feel blessed to have read it.#9"To care for what we know requirescare for what we don't, the world's livesdark in the soil, dark in the dark And our competence to do nopermanent wrong to the land is limited by the land's competenceto suffe [...]

    5. For more than 30 years Berry has been walking around his rural Kentucky property and writing his impressions he calls "Sabbath" poems. A Small Porch continues the series through 2014 and 2015. I thought them disappointing. I'm not sure why except that their energy failed to excite me as the previous "Sabbaths" had. The 2d half of the book is made up of an essay entitled "The Presence of Nature in the Natural World." He calls it a conversation, and it concerns itself with the relation of science [...]

    6. I just love everything I've ever read from Berry, and this collection of Sabbath poems is no different. It's more nature/agriculture/environment focused than some of his other collections, but powerful and beautiful and organic and rich nonetheless. I loved these poems and flagged many of them for future re-reads!

    7. This is Wendell Berry's latest book (June 2016). It is 3 parts - two Sabbath poems, one essay. The essay discusses man's dealings with nature and makes an excellent read. I liked the poetry, but I'd recommend one of his larger collections if you haven't read him before. However, this book is a great start for both poetry and an essay!

    8. This collection includes some very fine poems and a long essay on the necessity of living in right relationship to nature, the environment, and the natural resources that we humans are dependent on for our survival and the survival of the plants and the critters that share this planet with us. There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift from exploitation and prodigality to care-taking and conservation, and it must start at the local level.I am a sixty-nine year old man, one who is growing more [...]

    9. The long essay included in this volume is a bit meandering, but has some real insight. It contains many of the these touched on in the poems. We are so disconnected from the rhythm and flow of nature. Industrialization is destroying us and the planet. These are particularly novel assertions, but Berry is able to dive into the spiritual meaning of it. I would highly recommend this particular book to anyone who hasn't thought much about our connection with nature.

    10. Must return to the library. It is sometimes a slog for me to read poetry, and I just didn't get to this one fast enough.

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