Good Poems (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 26, 2003 - Poetry - 512 pages
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Every day people tune in to The Writer's Almanac on public radio and hear Garrison Keillor read them a poem. And here, for the first time, is an anthology of poems from the show, chosen by the narrator for their wit, their frankness, their passion, their "utter clarity in the face of everything else a person has to deal with at 7 a.m."

The title Good Poems comes from common literary parlance. For writers, it's enough to refer to somebody having written a good poem. Somebody else can worry about greatness. Mary Oliver's "Wild Geese" is a good poem, and so is James Wright's "A Blessing." Regular people love those poems. People read them aloud at weddings, people send them by e-mail.

Good Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendance. It features the work of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, as well as the work of contemporary greats such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds. It's a book of poems for anybody who loves poetry whether they know it or not.

  

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Nice selection of poems. - Goodreads
Good introduction to Dad poetry. - Goodreads
Love this man's humour and insights. - Goodreads
What a nice selection of poems. - Goodreads
Beautiful selection of poems. - Goodreads
really wonderful selection of poems, a great collection - Goodreads

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A great selection, perfect for somebody looking for an introduction to poetry and they aren't sure where to start. Some old favourites are covered, Yeats and Blake, and for me, some new favourites ... Read full review

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User Review  - Georg'ann - Goodreads

Every time I read a book of poems, I think, "I should really do this more often." And so I felt reading this book. I was a huge fan of the Writer's Almanac, and these are the poems from that radio ... Read full review

Contents

Dedication Introduction
O LORD
A
MUSIC
SCENES
LOVERS
DAY S WORK
SONS AND DAUGHTERS
COMPLAINT
TRIPS
SNOW
YELLOW
LIVES
ELDERS
THE
THE RESURRECTION

LANGUAGE
A GOOD LIFE
BEASTS
FAILURE
Biographies
Name Index
Title Index
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Garrison Keillor has hosted the comedy/variety radio show A Prairie Home Companion since 1974. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, Leaving Home, Happy to Be Here, The Book of Guys, Homegrown Democrat, Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, Love Me, Wobegon Boy, Pontoon, Liberty, and Pilgrims. Audio CDs and cassettes of compilations of A Prairie Home Companion and Keillor's readings of his books have sold in the millions. He wrote the script for and starred in the 2006 motion picture A Prairie Home Companion, the final film directed by Robert Altman.

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