Roots to the Earth: Poems and a Story
In 1995, Wendell Berry’s Roots to the Earth was published in portfolio form by West Meadow Press. The wood etchings of celebrated artist and wood engraver, Wesley Bates, were printed from the original wood blocks on handmade Japanese paper.
In 2014, this work was reprinted along with additional poems. Together with Bates’ original wood engravings, and designed by Gray Zeitz, Larkspur Press printed just one hundred copies of this book in a stunning limited edition.
Now it is with great pleasure that Counterpoint is reproducing this collaborative work for trade publication, as well as expanding it with the inclusion of a short story, The Branch Way of Doing,” with additional engravings by 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.”