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The Country of Marriage: Poems
 
 
Author
Wendell Berry.
Publisher Counterpoint  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781619021082
Pages/Publication Date 51/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38687
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First published in 1971, The Country of Marriage is the fifth volume of poetry from the National Humanities Medal winner. Wendell Berry uses what he calls "an expansive metaphor," that "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; it begins and stands for the relation we have to family and to the larger circles of human association. 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 35 poems in this collection resonates with this metaphor; the long sequence entitled "The Country of Marriage" is a grave, moving, and beautifully wrought love poem. This is writing that contains the exhilarating clarity of mountain spring water, and includes several poems about the "Mad Farmer," who advises us here to "every day do something that won't compute."

"[The author's] poetic vision is boundless, full of hope, and a welcome balm in our divisive world. But the truly memorable distinction of these poems is the extraordinary interlocking of the endless imagery of nature and the sexual imagery of love."Library Journal

 
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