The Country of Marriage (Paperback)

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With daffodils on the cover this is the perfect little book of poetry for April and National Poetry Month.  These poems are from the early 1970s but time hasn't made them any less insightful or beautiful. Enjoy.


— From The Country of Marriage


First published in 1971, The Country of Marriage is Wendell Berry's fifth volume of poetry. What he calls "an expansive metaphor" is "a farmer's relationship to his land as the basic and central relation of humanity to creation . . . Similarly, marriage is the basic and central community tie . . . And these relationships are in turn basic to, and may stand for, our relationship to God and to the sustaining mysteries and powers of creation." Each of the thirty-five poems in this collection is concerned with this metaphor. Most notably, there are more poems about the Mad Farmer, who advises us here to "every day do something that won't compute."

Berry has here perfected a work that is immediately accessible but that becomes, as we read it again, always more satisfying, reverberant with manifold meanings.

About the Author

Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For more than forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781619021082
ISBN-10: 1619021080
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: March 26th, 2013
Pages: 50
Language: English