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Water at the Roots: Poems and Insights of a Visionary Farmer (edição 2018)

por Philip Britts (Autor), Jennifer Harries (Editor), David Kline (Prefácio)

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In a society uprooted by two world wars, industrialization, and dehumanizing technology, a revolutionary farmer turns to poetry to reconnect his people to the land and one another. A farmer, poet, activist, pastor, and mystic, Britts (1917-1949) has been called a British Wendell Berry. His story is no romantic agrarian elegy, but a life lived in the thick of history. As his country plunged headlong into World War II, he joined an international pacifist community, the Bruderhof, and was soon forced to leave Europe for South America. Amidst these great upheavals, his response - to root himself in faith, to dedicate himself to building community, to restore the land he farmed, and to use his gift with words to turn people from their madness - speaks forcefully into our time. In an age still wracked by racism, nationalism, materialism, and ecological devastation, the life he chose and the poetry he composed remain a prophetic challenge.… (mais)
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Título:Water at the Roots: Poems and Insights of a Visionary Farmer
Autores:Philip Britts (Autor)
Outros autores:Jennifer Harries (Editor), David Kline (Prefácio)
Informação:Plough Publishing House (2018), 179 pages
Colecções:Biography/Autobiography, A sua biblioteca
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While the generally rhyming poetry of Philip Britts isn’t the type I’m particularly drawn to I did appreciate how the book was set up well with the added writings and commentary on his life balancing out the book well. I admit I’m hardly familiar at all with the Bruderhof (or similar) communities so it was interesting to get an idea of their perspectives. I’m struck by Britts clear love of and respect for nature and even his fellow man as well as his resolve to be true to his beliefs even when they caused him hardship. I found inspiration in this book and I’m thankful for being able to read something that shows the kindness in us humans instead of the weaknesses and misdeeds we seem to be inundated with in a lot of our current news and bestsellers. ( )
  jensteele | Apr 11, 2020 |
One of the great tragedies of the modern world is the complete divorce of the city dwellers from nature and the land. . . .



Water at the Roots: Poems and Insights of a Visionary Farmer by Philip Britts is partially a collection of poetry and partially a biography. Farmer-poet Philip Britts was born in 1917 in Devon, England. Britts became a pacifist, joined the Bruderhof, and during World War II moved to South America. There, in 1949, he died of a rare tropical illness at the age of 31, leaving his wife, Joan, with three young children and fourth on the way.

Water at the Roots is a collection of poetry about a simpler life. The introduction is written by David Kline an Amish farmer from Ohio who is editor and author. Britts is described as having a human touch, a love for the land, and working with nature. He was a nurturer and not an exploiter. The poems reflect a simpleness that is missing in agriculture and in life today. Although very religious, his tone is welcoming and not critical. A communal life is exercised in the Bruderhof. The Bruderhof is a Christian communal colony described in Acts 2, 44-47 and Acts 4.

Outside of religion and farming Britts' main passion was peace. He was a conscientious objector throughout WWII. Many who did not want to fight eventually did so once Britain was attacked. Britts remained against the war. He saw the good that could be done with the resources and lives destroyed by the war.

His song shall shake the souls of politicians,
And while the craven church still watches, dumb,
The hands of men shall grasp at tools, not weapons,
And womanhood shall sing that peace has come.

The poems alone will take the reader back a couple hundred years in their tone and style. Without the biographical information included on Britts, one would no guess these poems were written in the 20th century. The love of the land and the lifestyle are far removed from today's industrial agriculture, GMOs, profits, and chemical fertilizers is a refreshing change. The religious aspects are gentle and open to all regardless of belief. Britts is a man who brought out the best in human nature and invited others to follow.

Available March 20, 2018 ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
Story of Philip Britts, poet, farmer, pastor, conscientious objector, member of Bruderhof Community, Very moving; lovely book ( )
  cbinstead | Oct 18, 2019 |
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The final category for the 2018 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge was "An assigned book you hated (or never finished)." I'm playing a bit fast and loose with this category, because Water at the Roots was never an "assigned" book, nor did I "hate" it, but I did receive it from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers' Program back in February, and having started the book, I set it down on my night stand and didn't pick it back up till last week (end of November). I consider writing a review as an "assignment," and since I didn't read the book in any way near a timely fashion, it falls into the "didn't finish" category. All that said, Water at the Roots is a collection of poems written by Philip Britts, an English conscientious objector who joined a religious community in England, then, with that community, moved into the jungle of Paraguay in 1941. Connecting the poems is a narrative account of Britts' life and thought, drawn largely from his own writings and concerning the immorality of war, the nature of peace, agriculture and spirituality. Much of Britts' writing comes across as mini-sermons, perhaps not surprising as his community chose him as pastor to one of their churches in Paraguay. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading Spirit-driven poetry, or who is interested in a life outside the norms of our consumer oriented culture. The books is of especial interest to those who feel we have lost our way in today's world. ( )
  mtbearded1 | Dec 4, 2018 |
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Having never heard of Philip Britts before, and on a comparison to Wendell Berry, I happily requested and received an Early Reviewers copy of this book. (Thank you so much!) I enjoyed it, and especially liked his non-overtly-Religious poetry, however, it was far more Christian and stilted than I'd expected. Reading more on Bruderhof and on Britts himself, I wonder if I'd have been happier just researching them a little on my own. While I appreciate the interspersion of historical events/timeline, the tone of that compared to Britts' own work was a bit jarring and kept taking me out of what he was writing. 3 stars, and I'm happy to have this book on my shelf, to be sure, though it will firmly be in my poetry section. ( )
  LauraBrook | Oct 7, 2018 |
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In a society uprooted by two world wars, industrialization, and dehumanizing technology, a revolutionary farmer turns to poetry to reconnect his people to the land and one another. A farmer, poet, activist, pastor, and mystic, Britts (1917-1949) has been called a British Wendell Berry. His story is no romantic agrarian elegy, but a life lived in the thick of history. As his country plunged headlong into World War II, he joined an international pacifist community, the Bruderhof, and was soon forced to leave Europe for South America. Amidst these great upheavals, his response - to root himself in faith, to dedicate himself to building community, to restore the land he farmed, and to use his gift with words to turn people from their madness - speaks forcefully into our time. In an age still wracked by racism, nationalism, materialism, and ecological devastation, the life he chose and the poetry he composed remain a prophetic challenge.

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