A Poem Rediscovered

by Amy Lowe February 19, 2011

[T]he theme of Ruminate’s 19th issue (soon to be released!) is “Sustaining.” It has been such a fun theme, and I have discovered and rediscovered some of my favorite books, passages, and poems as we, the staff, worked to pull everything together to go to print.  And I just had to share with you one of the beautiful things I re-discovered as I researched—“Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” by Wendell Berry.  It jump-started a stalled day, maybe a even a stalled past couple of months, and  I hope you’ll be encouraged and challenged a little by it too. Here’s a little “taster,” and the rest can be found in Berry’s book The Country of Marriage and The Selected Poems of 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.
Look for Issue 19 and its many perspectives on Sustaining in your mailbox soon! Grace and Peace to you, Amy Lowe


Amy Lowe
Amy Lowe

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Amy Lowe has served as senior editor and co-founder for Ruminate Magazine since 2006. Many of the fiction and nonfiction pieces she has worked with have gone on to receive Pushcart Prizes and notable mentions in the Best American Short Story anthology and Best American Essay anthology. She has taught English literature and composition for ten years at the secondary and college level. And she sees it as a great honor when authors, both new and newly read as well as seasoned and recognized, entrust her with their writing. She finds great joy in connecting audiences with beautiful and important pieces and believes in the power of a good story to both illuminate and transform. And mostly she loves how a story allows you to see the world from another person’s perspective.



2 Responses

Amy Lowe
Amy Lowe

February 17, 2017

Thanks Debbie! It is such a moving poem and a testament to the power of words.

Debbie Young
Debbie Young

February 17, 2017

How fabulous to run across the Manifesto by Wendell Berry in this post. Perfect for the theme of “Sustaining”, a delightful remembrance.

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