Terrapin, Wendell Berry and Tom Pohrt, 2014

Berry’s boundless love for nature and its manifestations in the everyday world are exhibited here with accompanying watercolors by Pohrt.  The poems vary from blank verse to rhyming and the subjects vary from trees to turtles, but all of them are lovely, serene, calm, and beautiful, like the world of Berry’s Kentucky farm where he’s lived, farmed, and written for more than 30 years.  The need to attend to poetry’s every word was clear in contrast to the ability to zone out on occasion while reading prose.   Coleridge said that prose is ‘words in their best order’ and poetry is ‘the best words in their best order.’