Sunday, August 05, 2007

Happy Birthday, Wendell Berry!

From The Writer’s Almanac
It's the birthday of Wendell Berry (books by this author), born in Port Royal, Kentucky (1934). He grew up on farmland that had belonged to his family since 1803. He went on to college and to graduate school. He lived in California and Italy and New York City. But through all those years, he never stopped thinking about the place where he grew up, and he finally decided to move back to the area permanently. Most of his city friends thought he was crazy, but he bought a small farm in his hometown, which still had a population of only a hundred or so people, and he began farming it the way his grandfather had taught him, without any machines.
He grew squash, corn, and tomatoes, and he got a flock of sheep, a milk cow, and some horses. And he wrote about his experiences as a farmer in more than 40 books of poetry, fiction, and essays. His collections of poetry include The Farm (1995) and A Timbered Choir (1998). But he's best known for his essays in books such as The Gift of Good Land (1981), What Are People For? (1990), and Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition (2000).
Wendell Berry said, "Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.“

Oh, I am a fan of Wendell Berry. I hope that he is enjoying a fabulous birthday today with many red berries!

1 comment:

Gerry Gomez Pearlberg said...

Great to come upon your blog. I grew up reading Wendell Berry and continue to turn to him for what Gary Snyder calls the "larger sanity" on a regular basis.

Keep up the good work!