Good Poems

Good Poems

Book - 2003
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America's beloved author, humorist, and storyteller offers a selection of meaningful and enjoyable poems

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 Keillor 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."

Good Poems includes verse 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2003
ISBN: 9780142003442
Branch Call Number: 811.008 GOO
Characteristics: xxvi, 476 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Keillor, Garrison


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Dec 02, 2017

A good selection of poems in categories you may or may not like.
Everyone who likes poetry will find favourite ones and may further search for more. The biographical information is a good addition if correct (Robert Frost was born in 1874 not 1847.)

Mar 20, 2010

Garrison Keillor, nationally loved writer, has charmed millions of listeners with his daily poetry readings on public radio?s A Writer?s Almanac. Keillor?s criterion for a good poem is deliciously simple, especially for those of us who don?t really like poetry?or who don?t think we do. A good poem, says Keillor, is one that demonstrates ?stickiness, memorability? You hear it and a day later some of it is still there in the brainpan.? He likes poems that tell a story or paint a vivid picture, something simple and subtle but effective nevertheless, and he has collected those poems here in a collection titled simply Good Poems. There are poems that ode to aspects of the everyday like rock and roll (in ?Ooly Pop a Cow? by David Huddle), food (in ?Song to Onions? by Roy Blount, Jr. and ?This is Just to Say? by William Carlos William), even poo (in ?The Excrement Poem? by Maxine Kumin. There are poems that offer insight into relationships between lovers (in ?Venetian Air? by Thomas Moore), families (in ?I Stop Writing the Poem? by Tess Gallagher), and animals (in ?Walking the Dog? by Howard Nemerov). There are poems about snow (?Lester Tells of Wanda and the Big Snow? by Paul Zimmer), poems about the color yellow (?The Yellow Slicker? by Stuart Dischell), and poems about language (?The Possessive Case? by Lisel Mueller). And through it all, through all three hundred and fifty poems, there is the good-humored spirit of bringing the poems that people can appreciate to the people who will appreciate them. Thank you, Garrison Keillor.

lilybelle Dec 18, 2008

Great collection of poems.

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