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Synopsis:

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 hes found himself impelled to continue against his better instincts. These poems can take the shape of manifestos, meditations, insults, Whitmanic fits and ravings—and are often funny in spite of themselves. The Mad Farmer is a character as necessary, perhaps, as he is regrettable. Here are gathered the individual poems from Berrys various collections to offer the teachings and bitcheries of this amazing American voice. After the great success of the lovely Window Poems, Bob Baris of the Press on Scroll Road returns to design and produce an edition illustrated with etchings by Abigail Rover. James Baker Hall and William Kloefkorn offer poems here that also show how the Mad Farmer has escaped into the work of others. The whole is a wonderful testimony to the power of anger and humor to bring even the most terrible consequences into a focus otherwise impossible to obtain.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781593761769
Publisher:
Counterpoint
Subject:
Single Author / American
Introduction:
McClanahan, Ed
Illustrator:
Te Selle, Davis
Foreword by:
McClanahan, Ed
Foreword:
McClanahan, Ed
Author:
Rorer, Abigail
Author:
Berry, Wendell
Afterword by:
Kloefkorn, William
Afterword:
Kloefkorn, William
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081101
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW illustrations
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
13.25 x 8.13 in 18 oz

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Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

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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 hes found himself impelled to continue against his better instincts. These poems can take the shape of manifestos, meditations, insults, Whitmanic fits and ravings—and are often funny in spite of themselves. The Mad Farmer is a character as necessary, perhaps, as he is regrettable. Here are gathered the individual poems from Berrys various collections to offer the teachings and bitcheries of this amazing American voice. After the great success of the lovely Window Poems, Bob Baris of the Press on Scroll Road returns to design and produce an edition illustrated with etchings by Abigail Rover. James Baker Hall and William Kloefkorn offer poems here that also show how the Mad Farmer has escaped into the work of others. The whole is a wonderful testimony to the power of anger and humor to bring even the most terrible consequences into a focus otherwise impossible to obtain.
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