Five for Friday: George Masa, Changing Economies, and Controlled Burns

1.   George Masa, a photographer who worked on maps for the Appalachian Trail and what would become Great Smoky Mountain National Park, is being inducted into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame next week. Read about him here, or view photos of him here.

2. From the Poetry Daily website, “A Landscape,” by Carl Dennis.

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The North Carolina seashore on an impromptu walk before a funeral a week ago.

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Wendell Berry’s Wild Geese

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Recently I posted Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese.” Today in the mail I received Wendell Berry’s New and Collected Poems, within which I came across his poem, “The Wild Geese,” originally published in 1973 as part of The Country of Marriage.

So, here’s his take. Continue reading “Wendell Berry’s Wild Geese”

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

by Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Continue reading “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”