A magnificent poetry collection spanning 1979 to 2013, revealing the incomparable genius of “a poet, his window, and his poems.”
For more than thirty-five years, Wendell Berry has been spending his sabbaths outdoors, walking and wandering around familiar territory, seeking a deep intimacy that inspired poems in which “Thoreau would be gratified” (Lexington Herald-Leader). Each year since, he has completed a series of these poems dated by the year of its composition. This Day, “a book well worth reading, on a Sabbath or any other day of the week” (Marginalia Review of Books) collects Berry’s Sabbath Poems from 1979–2013
Filled with spiritual longing and political extremity, memorials and celebrations, elegies and lyrics, alongside the occasional rants of the Mad Farmer, pushed to the edge yet again by his compatriots and elected officials, Berry’s Sabbath Poems have become the very heart of Berry’s grand work. And these magnificent poems, taken as a whole for the first time in This Day, have become one of the greatest contributions ever made to American poetry.
“Wendell Berry is one of those rare individuals who speaks to us always of responsibility, of the individual cultivation of an active and aware participation in the arts of life, be they those of composing a poem, preparing a hill for planting, raising a family, working for the good of oneself and one’s neighbors, loving.” —The Bloomsbury Review
“[Berry’s] poems, novels and essays . . . are probably the most sustained contemporary articulation of America’s agrarian, Jeffersonian ideal.” —Publishers Weekly