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Days of Smoke: Wendell Berry

Poet, essayist, farmer, and novelist Wendell Berry is the author of more than 30 books and has received honors and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and countless others.

Excerpt from “2008, XII” from This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems, copyright © 2014 by Wendell Berry. Reprinted by permission of Counterpoint Press:

Image: Staff Sgt. Shane Phipps for the U.S. Air Force, “DC-10 Waterbomber Drops Retardant on the Canyon Fire in California,” 2016. Licensed under public domain.

Days of Smoke: Poets on the Climate Crisis is made possible in part through a partnership with Battery Park City Authority and in collaboration with the Poetry Coalition’s 2023 program theme, “And so much lost you’d think / beauty had left a lesson”: Poetry and Grief. Special thanks to curator Ryan Mita; Abby Ehrlich and JP Diaz at the Battery Park City Authority; Fred Courtright at The Permissions Company and Robert Shatzkin at W.W. Norton.