Sacramental Poetry Vol. III (Spiritual Poetry Book 3)

Copper Canyon Press October 1, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. There's no mistaking a Kenneth Rexroth poem -- intelligence, erudition, intensity, and precise beauty are always present.

These qualities are demonstrated to magnificent effect in this collection of love poems All of Rexroth's learning is in these lines, but he never flaunts it or calls attention to it.

No, it's simply there, like the grain in a fine piece of carved wood. Yet it's always his own distinctive voice we hear, never just a pale imitation of those other poets. These are poems about nature, about love, sexuality, the modern world, literature, spirituality -- all woven together into an intricate golden braid, apparently without any effort. If you're looking for "nice," obvious greeting card verse, you'll have to look elsewhere. As a poet myself, these are beautiful. Rexroth was a huge influence in the poetry, lit, Beat scene in SF.

One person found this helpful. Rexroth's relationships with women were equal parts passion and turmoil. He was married four times. In addition, both during and between marriages he indulged in numerous affairs. Interestingly, his love poetry stands in stark contrast to the rather painful bent of his personal romantic life. The result is an ode to a romantic ideal. Given the accessible style of Rexroth's love poetry, this title makes a wonderful library addition for even the most casual poetry fan.

On a more scholarly plane, Rexroth viewed human awareness and interaction as threefold concetric circles. At the center was the individual. The next ring was the "beloved". Outermost was society et al. See all 3 reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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But it was also the way Matthiessen spoke of him I thought interesting: And I recognized at Not long ago I saw an interview of Peter Matthiessen in which he was asked which writers he admires. And I recognized at once that it's so. Berry's poems strike the bell of being. Jun 27, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I checked this out on impulse at the library from a display. Prior to this, I had no familiarity with Wendell Berry as a poet; I had only a vague familiarity with him as a novelist, essayist, and lover of nature.

While reading it, I began post-it flagging my favorite poems, only to find that I ended up with dozens of flags jutting out from the pages. Berry encapsulates much of the human experience in eloquent yet simple terms that speak to me. He is given a fragment of time in this fragment of the world. He likes it pretty well. Possibly my favorite was his description of conversation with a loved one that matches my feelings of communication with my husband: And when we speak together, love, our words rise like leaves, out of our fallen words.

What we have said becomes an earth we live on like two trees, whose sheddings enrich each other, making both the source of each. I intend to hurry and purchase this book at Amazon before its library due date. Wendell Berry is my new favorite poet. May 04, Charles van Heck rated it it was amazing. Wendell Berry takes the reader into the hillside farmland of Henry County, Kentucky to connect both himself and his readers with what is authentic in life. He removes the false notes of what passes for poetry--what is often jumbled, arrogant, and pretentious reflections of a poet in a mirror--to remind us that when properly cultivated words, like the soil can yield a bountiful harvest.

These poems remind us of the beauty we can be rewarded with when we take the time to live responsibly and with Wendell Berry takes the reader into the hillside farmland of Henry County, Kentucky to connect both himself and his readers with what is authentic in life. These poems remind us of the beauty we can be rewarded with when we take the time to live responsibly and with open hearts. This is a book I am unable to say I finished. I will return to it again and again. Nov 13, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was preconditioned to love this collection.

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Wendell Berry is among my favorite writers - of poetry, short story, novel, essay - and this volume gathers together some of the best poems of his career. If you've heard friends rave about the man's work but haven't yet gotten your feet wet in it, this is a good place to start. Don't read it from cover to cover, but dip in at random spots and splash around a little. My friend gave me this book. At a time when I needed it, this book gave me peace.

It is poetry of the earth. The plowing and the harvest. The weight of the rocks and of the trees. It is sometimes drought and sometimes flood. It is poetry of people. His family, his neighbors, writers he knows and the shared craft.

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It is poetry of time. History and the future. I will be reading it over and over again. Apr 23, Corey rated it it was amazing Shelves: A book that best lives on your nightstand, to be relished a few pages at a time, read aloud with the wife of your youth.

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Or so I found it to be. Jun 23, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wendell Berry's poetry changes how I think about life, about faith, about creation, and about community.

I have intentionally read through this book as slowly as possible, only breaking it open when I am in a quiet or beautiful setting. My only disappointment was finishing it. Aug 14, David rated it it was amazing. I arrived at the last page of this book of poems last night but am not finished with the book. In fact, I am not finished with any of the Wendell Berry books that I've read. He writes in a simple, logical way that causes me to slow down and think, and wrestle and ponder. His works sticks with me and draws me back for reference.

The bookseller that sold me this book matter-of-factly stated, "The world would be a better place if everyone would read a Wendell Berry book. Here are some of I arrived at the last page of this book of poems last night but am not finished with the book. Here are some of my favorite poems and lines: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front - "Praise ignorance, for what man has not encountered he has not destroyed The only outlawry is division.

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When it got there where was it? My favorite of all and my "mission" poem and maybe the best human description of the mission of the church: February 2, In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter, war spreading, families dying, the world in danger, I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover. Feb 09, metaphor rated it really liked it Shelves: And yet until I knew, I could not know what I asked, or gave.

I gave a suffering that I took: We burn and see by our own light. Mar 28, Mark Bruce rated it liked it. Wendell Berry is one of those poets you hear about, whose name sound like a poet's name, whose work promises to be a return to the good dark loam of rural life and verse, but you never seem to get around to reading anything substantial by the man. He is an accomplished poet but this page book does not help his cause. There are too many long poems whose themes get lost in a morass of "serious thoughts," somewhat like having and centric old guy lecture at you about life and death and marriage.

On the other hand, his shorter poems are gems. When he relaxes and tells of his farmer's life, he is charming and vibrant. I'm not sure his feeble attempt at humor in the "mad farmer" poems works all that well, but his letters to other poets do swivel on a mordant wit. My favorite line in the book: Jan 08, Vikki Marshall rated it it was amazing.

If there is such a thing as Father Earth, then this natural, mystic poet surely must be it. We delve deep into American roots; we become farmers, family, lovers and caretakers of the land. Berry mourns for his fallen beloved, he wages war against the very act of war, and he begs us to maintain an environment that we can all thrive within.

His poetry is a communion with one another and he asks us to embrace the eart If there is such a thing as Father Earth, then this natural, mystic poet surely must be it. His poetry is a communion with one another and he asks us to embrace the earth with our entire being.

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His earliest poetry is often prophetic as he predicts the destruction mankind will cause upon itself through over industrialization and the misuse of our natural resources. Wendell Berry is a gift to humanity and with his collection of poems he asks us to return to our original blessing, the earth. 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.


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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? 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?

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