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Wendell Berry, for some of us, is the sanest voice in America. A teacher, a poet, and just as importantly a farmer, his thoughtful contributions to our contemporary culture spring deep -- deeper than just from the neck up. A staunch ecologist, he withdrew his literary papers from the University of Kentucky where he had taught, when they received millions of dollars from the coal industry -- the very industry that was blowing up the mountaintops where his neighbors lived.
In his down-to-earth and undeniably relevant poetry, there’s challenge and joy.
Listen to carrion -- put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap for power,
please women more than men.
Berry grew up in a family of farmers going back many generations. When asked why a city dweller should care about farming and the land, he answers, “Eating is an agricultural act”. When considering how our culture has imperiled ourselves and everything else, it is essential to avoid false comforts. It is also necessary to guard against despair.
Starting in October 2016, we are offering weekly gatherings in New Orleans where we study Wendell Berry's words. His voice will be our guide to a deeper understanding of the predicament we’re in. And, just as importantly, we'll encourage one another along the steps we must take, from thinking to deciding to doing.
From mid-October to mid-December, meet with Richard and Guy every Tuesday night at 7 at Guy's Mid-City apartment for an in-depth, soulful discussion of Wendell Berry's latest publication -- OUR ONLY WORLD (2015). Obtain your own copy of the book -- or get one from us for $6 while our supplies last.
This Tuesday night class requires a willingness to commit for the whole course. To see the full details concerning the OUR ONLY WORLD book discussion, go back to the homepage and then click on the October 25 meetup page. You can RSVP there if/when you are ready. Space IS limited.
We'll supplement this Fall course with a few other stand-alone activities, especially on weekends. And we'll have a field trip or two -- when the weather cools down.
We'll soon plan another reading course for the Spring. Feel free to share which night would work best for you, which text you might be particularly interested in reading and discussing as a group. Tell your friends about our Wendell Berry group!