The Well: Poems from Twin Pines Farm

The Well: Poems from Twin Pines Farm illuminate the lives of an American farm family. The poems are drawn from her own experience growing up on the farm in the 1950s and from the contents of a pine trunk filled with family papers, letters, and diaries of her ancestors who established the farm and made it flourish for more than two centuries. The poems convey her family’s relationship with the land and the people and provides a account of their aspirations, their contributions of hard work and ingenuity, and their unconquerable ability to thrive whatever the circumstances they encountered.


“These superb and finely crafted poems give voice to women who lived through war, who cherished family, who wrote letters, who above all left a precious chronicle of their moment. And all against the backdrop of a beloved landscape. The true power of these poems is that they never settle for a lost world. Through lyric speech and searing detail, the poetry brings that world into our present, where it will remain in the reader’s memory for a long time. “

Eavan Boland: Poet, Professor of Humanities and English Director of Creative Writing at Stanford University

“Your book..I got it, read it, we talked about it, and admired it very much.  It is a remarkable and memorable book.  And assuming you won’t mind, we will pass this new copy on to our granddaughter, Virginia for ordering for our bookstore..” 

Wendell Berry: Poet, Novelist, Environmentalist  The Bookstore at the Berry Center

Enjoy a selection of poems from The Well

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All proceeds of The Well: Poems from Twin Pines Farm will be donated to the Otsego Land Trust, a 501c3 organization in Otsego County, Cooperstown, New York.

136 pages, 79 poems
Black & white and color photographs and illustrations
Softcover edition designed by Robert Perry
Cover photography by Paul Kidder
Watercolor painting of Twin Pines by Robert Huxtable
Published by Butternut Press

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