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Poetry is a regular feature on Garrison Keillor's NPR radio show A Prairie Home Companion, but for the last five years, it has formed the core of The Writer's Almanac, a daily, five-minute, 7 a.m. show on which Keillor reads a poem. Good Poems selects 350 pieces of verse from among the thousands that have been read on the Almanac for "Stickiness, memorability.... You hear it and a day later some of it is still there in the brainpan." Divided by subject-beginning with "O Lord," moving through "Day's Work," "Sons and Daughters" and through to "The End" and "The Resurrection"-the book includes work by writers past (Burns, Dickinson, Bishop, Williams, Shakespeare) and present: Robert Hass, Lisel Mueller, Tom Disch, among many others.
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Adult/High School-Keillor, host of the PBS radio show A Prairie Home Companion, has put together a collection of close to 300 poems he has read during yet another PBS broadcast, The Writer's Almanac. In an amusing introduction, he shares his thoughts on what makes a good poem. It's no big surprise that he purports to dislike literary works that, to him, smack of pretentiousness. A few selections openly poke fun at certain kinds of literature ("A Bookmark") or humorously defend humble things ("The Iceberg Theory"). Poems are arranged by 19 general themes, such as "Snow," "Failure," and "A Good Life." Authors range from well-known oldies like Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost to unknowns like C.K. Williams, who "played college basketball and lived for many years in Philadelphia." A delightful section at the end of the book offers biographical sketches of the featured authors. Keillor's choices lean heavily toward works that tell a good story or paint a tangible picture. Alongside poems with bucolic scenery are plenty of selections about everyday emotions and relationships. An outstanding feature of this collection is that the selections are all so accessible-even folks who say they don't like poetry can find something here to enjoy.
Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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A fine introduction to poetry for the general reader.
An interesting division of poems, although at times the poems within the section didn't quite reflect the respective section title. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Judy Croome
Am enjoying the book very much and expect to enjoy it for years to come.Published 4 months ago by Wormreader
Was not what I expected. There were a few diamonds in the rough, but I felt like it was largely a brush with poems drilled in High School English courses.Published 5 months ago by Melissa Daniels
I love this book of poetry. I've gone back to it again and again. Highly recommend!Published 6 months ago by Cape Reader
the edges of the papers were cut roughly and don't look even I don't know if that is the thing with the publisher or just mine had that, it does the job.Published 6 months ago by Mohammadali Rafiei