Wednesday, 4 April 2012

A FEAST OF BERRYS' for Carole Leslie

My brother, Kris, thrills to throwing himself into blackberry bushes, whenever he is in England, visiting from Melbourne, leaving his beloved COLLECTED WORKS. He does not so much as throw himself literally, moreso, he trusts the BERRYBUSH to support does poetry. Poetry has been a life-support system for so many of us, tho i am pushing it, to say it sustained me for the last 30 years. i should have TRUSTED...but i didn't ....not wholly/not truly. There was always a thread of poetry running thru these years, that i somehow maintained thru my publishing effort; collecting books - notably BLACK SPARROW PRESS  - directly from JOHN MARTIN, to whom i give the occasional phone-call in Santa Rosa - he still checks-in to the office !! ; and great correspondences with MARILYN KITCHELL (Salt-Works Press) & MICHAEL TARACHOW (Pentagram Press) - but where are they now ? Casualties of POETRY  or worse ? i am getting off the subject that i never, in fact, started = WENDELL BERRY - and i am not going to now !!! JUST TO SAY, CAROLE LESLIE...that these fotos are for you, as follow-up to your facebook post of that beautiful poem of WENDELL'S from SABBATHS. It is poems like these that remind us that poetry is a sustainment in our lives. i should trust myself, like Kris, and throw myself into the BERRYBUSH of life. (4 april 2012 - golden goji hermitage)

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  1. wow! you are the Wendell Berry library! I need to come visit and read your books!

    1. Yes ZenDot you do! As i do too! A home from [family] home! But re- the blackberry bush dive [o blackberry o mosh pit] : it's more like a tilting backwards isnt it --a gentle falling into the bush? and 100% sure that the springy branches & leafage will support me! Usually after a wonderful ploughmans at a country tavern, exuberant with conversation, the surrounding environment, & in perfect relationship with the hops! Re- Wendell Berry(bush), i'm contantly restocking his section on the American shelf at the Shop, including several bio/crits life & work; he has fans for sure.

    2. SALT SPRING ISLANDERS WILL ALWAYS BE will world travellers and seekers of THE WAY....