The most important book of 2013…

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My pick for the most important book of 2013 is the new collection of Wendell Berry's Sabbath Poems, entitled This Day. I'll admit that it was a really close call between this book and David Mikics's volume Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, but Berry's book wins by a nose as it takes a broader view, and offers not only carefully-crafted poems, but a way of living and being in the world.  Slow Reading starts to move in the same direction, but never seems to look much beyond the scope of the reader, his or her book and its author. I posted a sample poem from Berry's collection on this blog … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry Sabbath poem – “Will-lessly the leaves fall”

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Just finished my review of the new, complete collection of Wendell Berry's Sabbath poems entitled This Day. My review will appear in the Advent print issue of The Englewood Review of Books. For now, here's a quick look at one excellent poem from the collection that is fitting for this late fall day...   … [Read more...]

Liberty Hyde Bailey Poetry Reflections

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One of the great gifts of my writing retreat at the Convent in Cincinnati last week (here's a glimpse inside the Convent's own story of stability, written by one of my fellow retreatants) was the realization of how important Liberty Hyde Bailey's work, and especially his poetry, has been in framing the concept of Slow Church in my head and in the life I share in community with others at Englewood Christian Church. Liberty Hyde Bailey was one of the most prominent American botanists of the early twentieth century, who taught at the university that would become Michigan State and then later … [Read more...]


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