Wendell Berry is “an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer,” to name some of his credentials. I’ve been infatuated with his poetry for a long time.
Feet on the earth, grounded, present, receptive are a few of the words that I would use to describe Wendell Berry. I see him as a practical visionary. His poetry reflects his values. I’ve included a couple of very short clips of Wendell Berry reading. If you want more (and I hope that you do), there are plenty of youtube videos of him…one is a lengthy interview with Bill Moyers.
How to be a poet by Wendell Berry
and this one…
As I’ve said before, there is something about a poet’s voice reading his or her own words. With Berry’s poetry, though these clips are short, I enter the trance-like state that his poetry evokes (especially when I listen to these poems a few times).
Wendell Berry is one of those people who lives his values. He has a message and he is compelled to offer his discoveries to the world. And he does.
We’ve discussed writing about where your passion lies. Are you doing it? For that is where you are going to find the most energy. Your words become more than words…they become winged messengers. Have you noticed this for yourself? Even when you’re speaking to someone about your subject–the one for which you have deep care and concern–something in your tone of voice heightens and strives to engage your listener.
For your journal, remembering what you are passionate about and writing it down, again, refreshes your perspective about your subject. Have you had any new insights lately about where you’d like to go in writing about your passion? Or any thoughts on how you’d like to creatively bring this to the attention of others?