Good Poems

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Penguin, Aug 26, 2003 - Poetry - 504 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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User Review  - JudyCroome - LibraryThing

An interesting division of poems, although at times the poems within the section didn't quite reflect the respective section title. An anthology containing some poems I couldn't relate to, some good ... Read full review

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User Review  - Murphy-Jacobs - LibraryThing

My copy of this book is fluttering with many little Post-it Flags. The spine is creased from folding it flat so I could copy out a poem to share with someone. I read my favorites many times. It's good to have poetry, especially poetry like this which reads aloud well. 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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Garrison Keillor, author of nearly a dozen books, is founder and host of the acclaimed radio show A Prairie Home Companion and the daily program The Writer's Almanac. He is also a regular contributor to Time magazine.

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