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Poem in Thanks
Thomas Lux

Lord Whoever, thank you for this air
I'm about to in- and exhale, this hutch
in the woods, the wood for fire,
the light — both lamp and the natural stuff
of leaf — back, fern, and wing.
For the piano, the shovel
for ashes, the moth-gnawed
blankets, the stone-cold water
stone-cold: thank you.
Thank you, Lord, coming for
to carry me here — where I'll gnash
it out, Lord, where I'll calm
and work, Lord, thank you
for the goddamn birds singing!

 

How Many Nights
Galway Kinnell

How many nights
have I lain in terror,
O Creator Spirit, Maker of night and day,

only to walk out
the next morning over the frozen world
hearing under the creaking of snow
faint, peaceful breaths...
snake,
bear, earthworm, ant...

and above me
a wild crow crying 'yaw yaw yaw'
from a branch nothing cried from ever in my life.

 

Welcome Morning
Anne Sexton

There is joy
in all:
in the hair I brush each morning,
in the Cannon towel, newly washed,
that I rub my body with each morning,
in the chapel of eggs I cook
each morning,
in the outcry from the kettle
that heats my coffee
each morning,
in the spoon and the chairv that cry "hello there, Anne"
each morning,
in the godhead of the table
that I set my silver, plate, cup upon
each morning.

All this is God,
right here in my pea-green house
each morning
and I mean,
though often forget,
to give thanks,
to faint down by the kitchen table
in a prayer of rejoicing
as the holy birds at the kitchen window
peck into their marriage of seeds.

So while I think of it,
let me paint a thank-you on my palm
for this God, this laughter of the morning,
lest it go unspoken.

The Joy that isn't shared, I've heard,
dies young.

 

Psalm 23
from The Bay Psalm Book

The Lord to me a shepherd is,
want therefore shall not I:
He in the folds of tender grass,
doth cause me down to lie:
To waters calm me gently leads
restore my soul doth he:
He doth in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake lead me.
Yea, though in valley of death's shade
I walk, none ill I'll fear:
Because thou art with me, thy rod,
and staff my comfort are.
For me a table thou hast spread,
in presence of my foes:
Thou dost anoint my head with oil;
my cup it overflows.
Goodness and mercy surely shall
all my days follow me:
And in the Lord's house I shall dwell
so long as days shall be.

 

At Least
Raymond Carver

I want to get up early one more morning,
before sunrise. Before the birds, even.
I want to throw cold water on my face
and be at my work table
when the sky lightens and smoke
begins to rise from the chimneys
of the other houses.
I want to see the waves break
on this rocky beach, not just hear them
break as I did all night in my sleep.
I want to see again the ships
that pass through the Strait from every
seafaring country in the world-
old, dirty freighters just barely moving along,
and the swift new cargo vessels
painted every color under the sun
that cut the water as they pass.
I want to keep an eye out for them.
And for the little boat that plies
the water between the ships
and the pilot station near the lighthouse.
I want to see them take a man off the ship
and put another up on board.
I want to spend the day watching this happen
and reach my own conclusions.
I hate to seem greedy-I have so much
to be thankful for already.
But I want to get up early one more morning, at least.
And go to my place with some coffee and wait.
Just wait, to see what's going to happen.

 

Address to the Lord
John Berryman

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Master of beauty, craftsman of the snowflake,
inimitable contriver,
endower of Earth so gorgeous & different from the boring Moon,
thank you for such as it is my gift.

I have made up a morning prayer to you
containing with precision everything that most matters.
'According to Thy will' the thing begins.
It took me off & on two days. It does not aim at eloquence.

You have come to my rescue again & again
in my impassable, sometimes despairing years.
You have allowed my brilliant friends to destroy themselves
and I am still here, severely damaged, but functioning.

Unknowable, as I am unknown to my guinea pigs:
How can I 'love' you?
I only as far as gratitude & awe
confidently & absolutely go.

I have no idea whether we live again.
It doesn't seem likely
from either the scientific or the philosophical point of view
but certainly all things are possible to you,

and I believe as fixedly in the Resurrection-appearances to Peter and
to Paul

as I believe I sit in this blue chair.
Only that may have been a special case
to establish their initiatory faith.

Whatever your end may be, accept my amazement.
May I stand until death forever at attention
for any your least instruction or enlightenment.
I even feel sure you will assist me again, Master of insight & beauty.

 

Philip Appleman

O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie,
gimme a break before I die:
grant me wisdom, will, & wit,
purity, probity, pluck, & grit.
Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind,
gimme great abs & a steel-trap mind,
and forgive, Ye Gods, some humble advice-
these little blessings would suffice
to beget an earthly paradise:
make the bad people good-
and the good people nice;
and before our world goes over the brink,
teach the believers how to think.

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Laura Meehan, November 17, 2008 (view all comments by Laura Meehan)
While the poems probably reflect something about Keillor, I didn't feel that it sounded like he WROTE them. Some of these poems are really amazing. I'm not even Keillor's #1 fan (though I have family who are). I cried when I read one of them.
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poetrylark, January 16, 2008 (view all comments by poetrylark)
The sample of poems were interesting, but they all sounded like they were written by Garrison himself !
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142003442
Editor:
Keillor, Garrison
Introduction:
Keillor, Garrison
Selected by:
Keillor, Garrison
Selected:
Keillor, Garrison
Introduction by:
Keillor, Garrison
Introduction:
Keillor, Garrison
Editor:
Keillor, Garrison
Author:
Various
Author:
Keillor, Garrison
Selected:
Keillor, Garrison
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
English poetry
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
03-4
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
504
Dimensions:
7.64x5.23x1.40 in. .98 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 504 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142003442 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A pretty dandy candy jar. The range of poets is wide, the tone is unpretentious, and the poems are all...good."
"Review" by , "No false advertising here; just, as compiler Keillor says, good poems, written accessibly in common language by English-language writers....These are poems to live in comfort with all one's life."
"Review" by , "[T]here are some poems that make you stop and turn up the volume, and those are what he's collected here. It's a very eclectic selection....[A] step up for poetry."
"Review" by , "[Keillor is] Will Rogers with grammar lessons, Aesop with no ax to grind, the common man's Molière."
"Review" by , "Keillor's choices lean heavily toward works that tell a good story or paint a tangible picture....[E]ven folks who say they don't like poetry can find something here to enjoy."
"Synopsis" by , A must-have collection for fans of Garrison Keillor and all lovers of good poems, this anthology includes verses about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence. It features the work of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, as well as the work of contemporary greats.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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