[In this lovely piece of poetic review about farming and place, Wendell Berry reveals deep character among three men. Last week, on their final Farm and Garden Show, Tim Bates and Dan Imhoff, Anderson Valley, interviewed Wendell Berry on KZYX here (mp3). Thanks to Tom Davenport, Redwood Valley, who recorded it. Tom writes: “The broadcast recording ends while Wendell Berry is speaking – the recording was made automatically by a computer while I was away from home, and was programmed to run 2 minutes past the hour. I do not know how much was missed. Apparently the program ‘ran over’ by more than two minutes. Please feel free to pass this on to those you believe might enjoy it.” -DS]
When I was in college and had become certain that Anonymous was not the name of a prolific medieval poet, I began to read the “little magazines” to try to learn about the poetry of my own time. That was in the early fifties. And so I must have known the name Hayden Carruth for a good many years of such scattered reading before it meant much to me.
It began to mean much to me in May of 1964. My family and I had been living as neighbors to Denise Levertov and Mitchell Goodman on Greenwich Street in New York City. Denise and Mitch had bought an old farm in Temple, Maine, where they spent their summers. They invited us to come up for a visit, and in that May we did so.