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A must-have collection for fans of Garrison Keillor and all lovers of... good 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.

Review:

"A pretty dandy candy jar. The range of poets is wide, the tone is unpretentious, and the poems are all...good." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"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." Ray Olson, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"[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." Library Journal

Review:

"[Keillor is] Will Rogers with grammar lessons, Aesop with no ax to grind, the common man's Molière." The Houston Chronicle

Review:

"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." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

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:

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.

About the Author

Garrison Keillor is the host of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac. He is the author of the bestselling Lake Wobegon series.

Table of Contents

Good Poems

Introduction

1. O Lord

Poem in Thanks—Thomas Lux

How Many Nights—Galway Kinnel

Welcome Morning—Anne Sexton

Psalm 23—from The Bay Psalm Book

At Least—Raymond Carver

Address to the Lord—John Berryman

O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie—Philip Appleman

Psalm—Reed Whittemore

Psalm 121—Michael Wigglesworth

When one has lived a long time alone—Galway Kinnell

Home on the Range—Anonymous

What I Want Is—C. G. Hanzlicek

2. A Day

Summer Morning—Charles Simic

Otherwise—Jane Kenyon

Poem About Morning—William Meredith

Living—Denise Levertov

Another Spring—Kenneth Rexroth

Morning Person—Vassar Miller

Routine—Arthur Guiterman

The Life of a Day—Tom Hennen

For My Son, Noah, Ten Years Old—Robert Bly

I've known a Heaven, like a Tent—Emily Dickinson

Letter to N.Y.—Elizabeth Bishop

Dilemna—David Budbill

from Song of Myself—Walt Whitman

New Yorkers—Edward Field

Soaking Up Sun—Tom Hennen

Late Hours—Lisel Mueller

3. Music

Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey—Hayden Carruth

Mehitabel's Song—Don Marquis

Nightclub—Billy Collins

Alley Violinist—Robert Lax

Cradle Song—Jim Schley

Her Door—Mary Leader

The Pupil—Donald Justice

Piano—D. H. Lawrence

Insrument of Choice—Robert Phillips

Homage: Doo-Wop—Joseph Stroud

The Persistence of Song—Howard Moss

Ooly Pop a Cow—David Huddle

Elevator Music—Henry Taylor

The Grain of Sound—Robert Morgan

I Will Make You Brooches—Robert Louis Stevenson

The Dance—C. K. Williams

The Investment—Robert Frost

The Dumka—B. H. Fairchild

The Green Street Mortuary Marching Band—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

4. Scenes

Poem to Be Read at 3 A.M.—Donald Justice

The Swimming Pool—Thomas Lux

Dostoevsky—Charles Bukowski

After a Movie—Henry Taylor

Summer Storm—Dana Gioia

Woolworth's—Mark Irwin

Worked Late on a Tuesday Night—Deborah Garrison

The Farmhouse—Reed Whittemore

wrist-wrestling father—Orval Lund

Yorkshiremen in Pub Gardens—Gavin Ewart

Noah—Roy Daniells

5. Lovers

A Red, Red Rose—Robert Burns

When I Heard at the Close of Day—Walt Whitman

First Love—John Clare

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven—W. B. Yeats

Sonnet—C. B. Trail

Politics—W. B. Yeats

Magellan Street, 1974—Maxine Kumin

Animals—Frank O'Hara

Lending Out Books—Hal Sirowitz

The Changed Man—Robert Phillips

The Constant North—J. F. Hendry

On the Strength of All Conviction and the Stamina of Love—Jennifer Michael Hecht

The Loft—Richard Jones

This Is Just to Say—William Carlos Williams

This Is Just to Say—Erica-Lynn Gambino

Venetian Air—Thomas Moore

Summer Morning—Louis Simpson

Comin thro' the Rye—Robert Burns

Topograhy—Sharon Olds

Saturday Morning—Hugo Williams

Flight—Louis Jenkins

At Twenty-Three Weeks She Can No Longer See Anything South of Her Belly—Thom Ward

For the Life of Him and Her—Reed Whittemore

Romantics—Lisel Mueller

Down in the Valley—Anonymous

The Middle Years—Walter McDonald

Winter Winds Cold and Blea...—John Clare

since feeling is first—e. e. cummings

Vergissmeinnicht—Keith Douglas

Sonnet XLIII What lips my lips have kissed—Edna St. Vincent Millay

After the Argument—Stephen Dunn

The Orange—Wendy Cope

Susquehanna—Liz Rosenberg

Farm Wife—R. S. Thomas

After Forty Years of Marriage, She Tries a New Recipe for Hamburger Hot Dish—Leo Dangel

Those Who Love—Sara Teasdale

Quietly—Kenneth Rexroth

For C.W.B.—Elizabeth Bishop

Shorelines—Howard Moss

Prayer for a Marriage—Steve Scafidi

The Master Speed—Robert Frost

Bonnard's Nudes—Raymond Carver

6. Day's Work

Happiness—Raymond Carver

Hoeing—John Updike

Some Details of Hebridean House Construction—Thomas A. Clark

Relations—Philip Booth

What I Learned from My Mother—Julia Kasdorf

To be of use—Marge Piercy

No Tool or Rope or Pail—Bob Arnold

Ox Cart Man—Donald Hall

Girl on a Tractor—Joyce Sutphen

Soybeans—Thomas Alan Orr

Landing Pattern—Philip Appleman

Mae West—Edward Field

Hay for the Horses—Gary Snyder

7. Sons and Daughters

Masterworks of Ming—Kay Ryan

Bess—Linda Pastan

A Little Tooth—Thomas Lux

Sonnet XXXVII—William Shakespeare

Egg—C. G. Hanzlicek

Rolls-Royce Dreams—Ginger Andrews

My Life Before I Knew It—Lawrence Raab

After Work—Richard Jones

I Stop Writing the Poem—Tess Gallagher

Franklin Hyde—Hilaire Belloc

Manners—Elizabeth Bishop

September, the First Day of School—Howard Nemerov

First Lesson—Philip Booth

Childhood—Barbara Ras

Waving Good-Bye—Gerald Stern

Family Reunion—Maxine Kumin

8. Language

A Primer of the Daily Round—Howard Nemerov

The Possessive Case—Lisel Mueller

The Icelandic Language—Bill Holm

The Fantastic Names of Jazz—Hayden Carruth

Ode to the Medieval Poets—W. H. Auden

Sweater Weather—Sharon Bryan

9. A Good Life

We grow accustomed to the Dark—Emily Dickinson

A Ritual to Read to Each Other—William Stafford

Courage—Anne Sexton

Sometimes—Sheenagh Pugh

Leisure—W. H. Davies

the way it is now—Charles Bukowski

A Secret Life—Stephen Dunn

Lost—David Wagoner

Sonnet XXV—William Shakespeare

The Eel in the Cave—Robert Bly

Wild Geese—Mary Oliver

From the Manifesto of the Selfish—Stephen Dunn

Hope—Lisel Mueller

The Three Goals—David Budbill

Vermeer—Howard Nemerov

Repression—C. K. Williams

Weather—Linda Pastan

Moderation Is Not a Negation of Intensity, But Helps Avoid Monotony—John Tagliabue

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant—Emily Dickinson

The Props assist the House...—Emily Dickinson

10. Beasts

Little Citizen, Little Survivor—Hayden Carruth

Her First Calf—Wendell Berry

Bats—Randall Jarrell

Riding Lesson—Henry Taylor

Walking the Dog—Howard Nemerov

The Excrement Poem—Maxine Kumin

Stanza IV from Coming of Age—Ursula Leguin

Destruction—Joanne Kyger

How to See Deer—Philip Booth

Dog's Death—John Updike

Names of Horses—Donald Hall

Bison Crossing Near Mt. Rushmore—May Swenson

11. Failure

Success is counted sweetest...—Emily Dickinson

Solitude—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The first time I remember—Wendell Berry

Our Lady of the Snows—Robert Hass

The British Museum Reading Room—Louis MacNeice

The Bare Arms of Trees—John Tagliabue

The Sailor—Geof Hewitt

A Place for Everything—Louis Jenkins

The Feast—Robert Hass

Nobody Knows You—Jimmie Cox

the last song—Charles Bukowski

12. Complaint

The Forsaken Wife—Elizabeth Thomas

Confession—Stephen Dobyns

Living in the Body—Joyce Sutphen

Tired As I Can Be—Bessie Jackson

The Iceberg Theory—Gerald Locklin

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front—Wendell Berry

A Bookmark—Tom Disch

poetry readings—Charles Bukowski

Publication—is the Auction...—Emily Dickinson

13. Trips

Once in the 40s—William Stafford

lines from Moby Dick—Herman Melville

Rain Travel—W. S. Merwin

where we are—Gerald Locklin

Excelsior—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

On a Tree Fallen Across the Road—Robert Frost

A Walk Along the Old Tracks—Robert Kinsley

Passengers—Billy Collins

The Walloping Window-Blind—Charles Edward Carryl

The Vacation—Wendell Berry

Directions—Joseph Stroud

Postscript—Seamus Heaney

Night Journey—Theodore Roethke

Waiting—Raymond Carver

14. Snow

New Hampshire—Howard Moss

To fight aloud...—Emily Dickinson

December Moon—May Sarton

Year's End— Richard Wilbur

The Snow Man—Wallace Stevens

January—Baron Wormser

in celebration of surviving—Chuck Miller

Her Long Illness—Donal Hall

Requiescat—Oscar Wilde

The Sixth of January—David Budbill

Not Only the Eskimos—Lisel Mueller

Boy at the Window—Richard Wilbur

Winter Poem

Frederick Morgan

Lester Tells of Wanda and the Big Snow—Paul Zimmer

Old Boards—Robert Bly

March Blizzard—John Tagliabue

15. Yellow

Elvis Kissed Me—T. S. Kerrigan

Stepping Out of Poetry—Gerald Stern

I shall keep singing!—Emily Dickinson

Song to Onions—Roy Blount, Jr.

O Luxury—Guy W. Longchamps

Coming—Kenneth Rexroth

A Light Left On—May Sarton

The Yellow Slicker—Stuart Dischell

First Kiss—April Lindner

The Music One Looks Back On—Stephen Dobyns

16. Lives

In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus One Day—X. J. Kennedy

Who's Who—W. H. Auden

The Portrait—Stanley Kunitz

Parable of the Four-Poster—Erica Jong

Ed—Louis Simpson

Memory—Hayden Carruth

Lazy—David Lee

Testimonial—Harry Newman, Jr.

Cathedral Builders—John Ormond

The Village Burglar—Anonymous

The Scandal—Robert Bly

At Last the Secret Is Out—W. H. Auden

Night Light—Kate Barnes

Sir Patrick Spens—Anonymous

17. Elders

I Go Back to May 1937—Sharon Olds

Those Winter Sundays—Robert Hayden

The Old Liberators—Robert Hedin

To My Mother—Wendell Berry

Working in the Rain—Robert Morgan

Birthday Card to My Mother—Philip Appleman

Yesterday—W. S. Merwin

No Map—Stephen Dobyns

My Mother—Robert Mezey

When My Dead Father Called—Robert Bly

August Third—May Sarton

Terminus—Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. The End

Authorship—James B(al) Naylor

Young and Old—Charles Kingsley

Shifting the Sun—Diana Der-Hovanessian

My Dad's Wallet—Raymond Carver

When I Am Asked—Lisel Mueller

Dirge Without Music—Edna St. Vicent Millay

My mother said...—Donald Hall

Departures—Linda Pastan

As Befits a Man—Langston Hughes

Sunt Leones—Stevie Smith

Perfection Wasted—John Updike

Eleanor's Letters—Donald Hall

Death and the Turtle—May Sarton

Four Poems in One—Anne Porter

Titanic—David R. Slavitt

The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna—Charles Wolfe

Kaddish—David Ignatow

Twilight: After Haying—Jane Kenyon

For the Anniversary of My Death—W. S. Merwin

from The Old Italians Dying—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Street Ballad—George Barker

Let Evening Come—Jane Kenyon

19. The Resurrection

Forty-Five—Hayden Carruth

A Blessing—James Wright

Holy Thursday—William Blake

lines from Walden—Henry David Thoreau

The Peace of Wild Things—Wendell Berry

From Blossoms—Li-Young Lee

The First Green of Spring—David Budhill

Here—Grace Paley

The Lives of the Heart—Jane Hirshfield

Spring—Gerard Manley Hopkins

Fishing in the Keep of Silence—Linda Gregg

Biographies

Name Index

Title Index

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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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ISBN:
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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:
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Pages:
504
Dimensions:
7.64x5.23x1.40 in. .98 lbs.
Age Level:
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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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