If you have, let me know what
you used. I am coleading a workshop
next Friday at the Childlight USA
Conference on Wendell Berry's writings.
Or have you a favorite book of his that
you would highly recommend?
He is a voice to listen to and hear what
This is from a wonderful article on Berry
called "Field Observations":
As we begin to descend, I am thinking about boyhood and Berry's poetry, and I ask Berry if he agrees that school children should be reintroduced to the lost institution of memorizing and reciting poems.
"Yes," he replies, "you've got to furnish their minds."
The idea of poetry as furniture expands within my imagination and for weeks, I think about a poem committed to memory as an old chest of drawers in the corner of a child's room. At first the thing is simply a place to put clothes. With time, the grown man, or grown woman learns to see more of it: toolmarks left by the hand of a long-dead craftsman, a cornice molding around its top in a shape found on ancient Greek temples. And by gazing at its sturdiness for so many years, he or she knows something about how to make things that last.