In reading these poems one embarks on a journey to become a more aware, caring, and wiser person. Aug 30, David Anthony Sam rated it really liked it. Wendell Berry is one of the more under-rated poets of the last 50 years. His new collection of his best over that time demonstrates time and again his deep connection with the land, his profound but complex religious faith, and his lyrical ear. His poems can be read and appreciated by those who regularly read verse and those who seldom do.
That accessibility and his impatience with artifice in poetry or politics may suggest why some in the academic world ignore or disparage his writing. The later Wendell Berry is one of the more under-rated poets of the last 50 years. The later collections are not as strong as those from and before.
His elegies, especially the one for his grandfather, are haunting and universal. I highly recommend living with this collection for a while. Oct 26, Preston Stell rated it it was amazing. What can I say?
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It's been almost four months that I've been reading this book of poetry. It motivates me to actually read Dante's Divine Comedy. It inspired me to writing my own poems. And it was overall a great way to unhurriedly read and put beautiful images into my mind. I've been reading Berry's poetry continually for over a year now and I'm so glad someone told me to. Wendell Berry is one of my favorite writers, and he is probably one of the most important people writing today in my opinion What can I say?
Wendell Berry is one of my favorite writers, and he is probably one of the most important people writing today in my opinion. He humbles me by reminding me of "place" and the importance of "community" in the place I am. It will be a sad day for me when he writes no more. This book is a wonderful work and I couldn't recommend anything more! Mar 24, Benjamin Vineyard rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. Such is who we truly are no matter our efforts to feel ourselves more complex.
These words, then, are touch points with reality, contacts with what it means to be a human being in God's grand masterpiece. We find ourselves coming back to this simple state of being and Berry has provided a simple road map. My favorite poems are the rural stories, the ones where it feels like Berry and I are out in the meadow and he's telling me about his farmstead like he wants me to make one of my own.
Dec 03, Carol Bakker rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry , family , kindle , This new collection encompasses eleven previous books of poetry. Some I found inaccessible. Others I want to memorize. I smiled at the irony of reading "stay away from screens" as I read this book on my Kindle. I smiled at the two line poem entitled "Seventy Years" Well, anyhow, I am not going to die young.
Death is the subject of many poems; death, funerals, remembering, membership. I don't foresee me reading through this book again, but I will revisit my favorites: "Her First Calf", "At a Count This new collection encompasses eleven previous books of poetry. Feb 04, Andrea McDowell rated it really liked it Shelves: poets-and-poetry. Wendell Berry is an enormously accomplished poet, and when writing of his love for his wife or his family or the landscape surrounding his farm, his poetry is brilliant and profound.
But his poem-rants never have the resonance of his other pieces, and all too often when he does write of his wife, or of social issues, I find that his implied views of women would exclude me from the world he's building.
Still, his absolutist stand against change of all kinds and in all contexts is vastly overwhelm Wendell Berry is an enormously accomplished poet, and when writing of his love for his wife or his family or the landscape surrounding his farm, his poetry is brilliant and profound.
Still, his absolutist stand against change of all kinds and in all contexts is vastly overwhelmed by the many brilliant pieces in the collection. So four stars it is. Aug 20, Christine rated it it was amazing. I adore Wendell Berry's work, and this was no different. Poems ranged from - As he got older, his wit became drier, but all of the poems were great.
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You'll enjoy the journey. Jun 27, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: icpl. Wendell Berry is a modern day prophet warning us against the desecration of our natural resources, especially the land. These poem are sobering to read.
I read this over a lengthy period of time, a poem or two a day. My book has so many dog-eared pages that they are almost meaningless. Somehow, by grace, I see more clearly because of Berry's insights into the ordinariness of life. This gorgeous collection reminded me of exactly why he spoke so deeply to my heart then. So happy to have rediscovered his poetry. Mar 23, Ron rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. If you've never read any Wendell Berry poetry, this book is a great place to start.
It collects poems from a bunch of his previous releases into a single place. Apr 29, Resi rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry , nonfiction , plants-and-nature. Jul 01, Pam Gary rated it it was amazing. So envious of the poet who can put it together perfectly, just like Wendell Berry. Jan 02, Patricia McLaughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry.
The poet philosopher expounds on his love for his wife, his neighbors, his community, his country, and his world. Enlightening and inspiring. Nov 01, Mandy Haggith rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. I love his rootedness. Wendell Berry's poetry is deeply personal, yet, at the same time incredibly accessible. After reading New Collected Poems, one gets a sense that Berry is closer to the American ideal than most. His poetry reveals a life deeply connected to nature, the land, and the importance of community. It is steeped in his love for Tanya and the pride of having a small domain on this earth, a plot of land and life that gives one deep joy.
I have a deep admiration for Berry's simple life in the land and in a Wendell Berry's poetry is deeply personal, yet, at the same time incredibly accessible. I have a deep admiration for Berry's simple life in the land and in a long, life-giving marriage. Yet Berry's poetry is not without its dose of existentialism.
Perhaps one of his most famous poems, "The Peace of Wild Things," reveals a deeply human and universal despair. For Berry, solace from this anxiety of grappling with life is found in nature, labor in the land and, most of all, in a life well lived. His appreciation for life's simple and oft-missed joys is truly admirable. New Collected Poems gives a glimpse into Berry's maturation and evolution, containing poetry from to The reader gets to see his deepening understanding of marriage, his continued love of the land and his increasing politicization.
He has published many books of poetry, and has translated selections from Russian, Spanish and Italian. He is also an artist.
He edited The Oxford Book It gives a refreshing rustle or seething to the words which bespeak the entrance of a new life'. William Carlos Williams 'Against the word as spectacle, Tomlinson opposes the concept -- a very English one -- of the world as event He is fascinated -- with his eyes open: a lucid fascination -- by the universal busyness, the continuous generation and degeneration of things'.
Octavio Paz 'Tomlinson insists, and he has a right to insist, that he is as authentic a voice of modern Britain as Larkin is. Only in the great poets is content so intimately married to form'. Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about New Collected Poems , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Here is a man who could build boats and could bring the same sense of watertight craft to the building of poems without those poems becoming fussy or over -crafted or academic , and without sacrificing pure art in the process. Oppen was a consummate artist and his poems are literally alive with his focused life; and like so many fascinating lives, they are indefinable, partially private, partially products of a community, and are decidedly not easy.
I wouldn't want them any other way View 2 comments. Jan 25, Jonathan marked it as to-read. Sep 24, Ted Burke rated it really liked it. The massive solitude in Oppen's work, wholly devoid of Romantic despair, seems an intrinsic part of his recognition that the Earth itself can never be known. Oppen is connected to Wallace Stevens, I think, in that there is awareness that language has the habit of taking on the personality and delusions of the speaker and thus disguises nature, "reality" under layers of wordy assumptions that miss the mark of the mystery of experience. Stevens, though, exults in his search and wonder, and views the finalizing that eludes him as occasion for joy, wonder, a reason to intensify one's attention on the very nature of being in the world; Stevens thinks it enough for the witness to be staggered by the realization that existence is absent of final, metaphysically fixed perimeters, and that one should relish the more profound miracles in the details of their own senses.
Oppen comes to know his loneliness, and there is in his work some longing for old myths that gave comfort to a restless mind. Oppen, though, denies the lure of nostalgia and presses forward on some path that has an end only beyond his own death, that language will be restored to it's ability to correctly assess the world and ourselves in it, and avail us with some ideas of assembling a world that operates on good acts and deeds and not a high rhetoric that amounts to sighing, whimpering and casual bad faith, in Oppen's estimation.
I'd be interested to hear your ideas regarding Oppen's path that leads beyond his own death, as that seems alien to his poetry, at least as far as it refers to poetry. A bad habit of mine is to use dramatic language when I'm the full boil of writing, so forgive me for possible vagueness and overstatement. I am thinking , of course, of Oppen's leftist politics and his association with what's come to be called the Objectivist movement, spearheaded by Louis Bukowski, and whose members, as such, included Charles Reznikoff, Carl Rakosi, with older American modernists such as W.
Williams and Pound having close affiliations with this loosely defined group of writers. In the broadest sense, Objectivist writers, following Zukofsky's lead, developed styles that evolved from Imagism, but sought to come up with a kind of unblinkered epic poetry that wasn't hampered the symbolic obscurantism. The idea was to write, according the poet's personality, a verse that presents concrete things and realities not for the purpose of making them mere props for some metaphorical system whose results wind up with dead tropes and forgone conclusions that reaffirm only bad faith, but rather gloried in those things and their uniqueness.
Zukofsky, along with Charles Olson, sought to expand the aesthetic into the social areas, the geographical, into areas the names of which define us in relation to nature and the world humans build within it. Where a modernist like Pound as opposed to Stevens sought to legitimize the poet as an insurmountable authority on the exactness of nature and meaning and hence establishing him or her as an arbiter of Power, Oppen's wanted to use his poetics to make the discerning habit of mind, the ability to use language in unsentimental ways, to the general population.
Editor Heather Cass White has done a remarkable job restoring the work of the American poet
This would have been his ultimate gift of love, and there is a tone in his writing that I get, sometimes, that he is aware that such revolutions are started in one's lifetime but often not finished. I've no doubt that he wished that what started as a preferred compositional practice would grow into a self-renewing alignment of the population's right-sized perception of itself within Nature.
Some of that loneliness might as a result abate. It's a stretch to refer to these poets as a school or movement at all, which is why I preface the remark with the tired qualifier "In the broadest sense The poets share some similar attitudes regarding poetic language and the quest for unassailable truth, but calling them a coherent movement is a stretch, as you say; literary critics, needing to classify styles and writers, pounced on "Objectivism" as a the term to use, and in fact wrote the manifesto, in the form of their varied systematized remarks, that Zukofsky et al never got around to composing.
The poets were off into the American wilderness, distinct in style, attack, voice. Oppen's attraction to the general attitude with the Objectivists, to compose a phonologically responsible poetry, is understandable, but his personality and his style are his own, after the association. It was an inevitable development, I'd guess, coming out of the Sixties new left affiliations, and riding in along the tide of structuralist -inspired art where making a consume aware of the art's own mechanisms and intentions, was a common card to play; along with the writings of Ron Sukenic, Barthelme, and the films of Godard and Snow, Language Poets seemed to think that exposing the mechanics of syntax and grammar would make readers aware of how they're being manipulated.
Not a bad idea, perhaps, but it's something that expressed whatever was interesting it had rather quickly. Lately, it seems more a strong addition to a poet's resume so they can acquire an academic position.
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Not surprisingly, there are younger student poets who've been seduced into this style, and one prays they move from the semi-Marxist psycholinguistic braying of that peculiar school and find their own voice, through which they can trust the authority of their senses. There's so much fan lit on Oppen. And it's always by people who are true blue- ie Lyn Hejinian.
They can dissect his genius really well. I can just say he's special. I used to have a cd of his poems. I'd play it in the car. At that time I was living in the middle of nowhere on the west coast of Ireland. I had four CDs on repeat- Oppen.
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