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Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry

is a farmer, poet, and environmentalist who has published more than 40 books. He lives in Port Royal, Kentucky.

“Sabbaths – 1985, I”

Wendell Berry reads his poem “Sabbaths – 1985, I”

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“Sabbaths – 1985, I”

“Sabbaths – 1979, IV”

Wendell Berry reads his poem “Sabbaths – 1979, IV”

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“Sabbaths – 1979, IV”

The Peace of Wild Things

The farmer-poet-conservationist Wendell Berry reads his iconic poem. Listen and share!

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The Peace of Wild Things

“The Man Born to Farming”

The grower of trees, the gardener, the man born to farming, whose hands reach into the ground and sprout, to him the soil is a divine drug. He enters into death yearly, and comes back rejoicing. He has seen the light lie down in the dung heap, and rise again in the corn. His thought […]

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“The Man Born to Farming”

“The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer”

Wendell Berry reads his poem, a celebration of human complexity, and the rich truth that emerges in moving against the grain.

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“The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer”

“How to Be a Poet (to remind myself)”

i Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet. You must depend upon affection, reading, knowledge, skill—more of each than you have—inspiration, work, growing older, patience, for patience joins time to eternity. Any readers who like your poems, doubt their judgment. ii Breathe with unconditional breath the unconditioned air. Shun electric wire. Communicate […]

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“How to Be a Poet (to remind myself)”

Postscript to “The Landscaping of Hell: Strip-Mine Morality in East Kentucky”

Wendell Berry reads his poem “Postscript to “The Landscaping of Hell: Strip-Mine Morality in East Kentucky” from The Long-Legged House”

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Postscript to “The Landscaping of Hell: Strip-Mine Morality in East Kentucky”