Well I recently saw Bill Moyer’s interview with Wendell Berry (which is available on youtube by the way) so I know why Mr Berry is a bit mad.
The black willow trees on the bank of the river by his family farm are dying and the likely cause is the coal mining upriver doing some damage to the water upon which the black willows depend. Seems like a no brainer to me. I think I would be upset too.
Unfortunately I find these poems more interesting in many ways then his earlier writings of which I have browsed quite a few. I guess I am a bit mad myself and a bit of understanding of Mr Berry’s dilemma adds much much to appreciating this writing, though I do hope Wendell can have his water and willows restored and go back to feeling calmer again.
I think his perspective and current annoyances come through well here.
You might wish to see if you do as well. I do hope Mr Berry is successful in his wishes.