Roots to the Earth
Wendell Berry, Wesley Bates
A gorgeous edition of poems and one short story by an acclaimed author illustrated by the stunning wood etchings of a celebrate wood engraver.
Originally published in portfolio form by West Meadow Press in 1995, this edition of Roots to the Earth weds the poetry and prose of beloved American author and environmentalist Wendell Berry with the vibrant wood etchings of celebrated artist and wood engraver Wesley Bates. In his introduction to the 2014 collection, Bates wrote, “As our society moves toward urbanization, the majority of the population views agriculture from an increasingly detached position . . . In his poetry [Berry] reveals tenderness and love as well as anger and uncertainty . . . The wood engravings in this collection are intended to be companion pieces to . . . the way he expresses what it is to be a farmer.” A work of art, Roots to the Earth is a must-have for admirers of Berry’s profound vision, as well as for afficianadoes of wood engraving.
“Mr. Berry is a sophisticated, philosophical poet in the line descending from Emerson and Thoreau.” —The Baltimore Sun
“[Berry’s poems] shine with the gentle wisdom of a craftsman who has thought deeply about the paradoxical strangeness and wonder of life.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Wendell Berry is one of those rare individuals who speaks to us always of responsibility, of the individual cultivation of an active and aware participation in the arts of life.” —The Bloomsbury Review
“[Berry’s] poems, novels and essays . . . are probably the most sustained contemporary articulation of America’s agrarian, Jeffersonian ideal.” —Publishers Weekly