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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (April 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022540
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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I believe that you'll enjoy it as you read it a bit at a time, and then think about what you've read, ...
Hersbruck
This poem, to paraphrase Mr. Keillor in describing Emily Dickinson's poetry in his first collection of poems GOOD POEMS, will take your head off.
H. F. Corbin
Keillor is a wonderful anthologist with an unerring eye for poems which cover a broad range of moods from pathos to wry comedy.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Prospero on May 7, 2011
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When I first saw this anthology in a book store I was prepared to like it less than Keillor's two previous anthologies, "Good Poems" and "Good Poems for Hard Times." I didn't believe that this new collection with it's poems describing different American locations would be as appealing.
I was totally wrong. Keillor is a wonderful anthologist with an unerring eye for poems which cover a broad range of moods from pathos to wry comedy. This collection is eclectic, funny and humane. At a time when so much about America can seem troubling or confused, this collection reminds us what a motley, messy and yet lovable collection of malcontents we Americans can be. Whether or not you've spent any time travelling around this country, this collection will remind you of the sprawling, majestic and quirky grandeur of America.
I loved the book!
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Garrison Keillor continues in his quest to bring poetry to the man and woman on the street in this his third collection of poems "as heard on the Writer's Almanac." Certainly he is to be commended for being the one individual who has done more than anyone else-- with the possible exception of perhaps Bill Collins--to bring new poetry converts into his church. Many is the time that I have sat in my car, having arrived at my destination before Mr. Keiller has finished his poem for the day in that immediately recognizable soothing voice of his, to get a fix for the day from his reading. (And sometimes I have ordered an obscure volume of poetry from an unknown poet he has just read, only to discover that too often Mr. K. has read the best poem in the collection!)

No amateur with words, himself, Mr. Keillor writes a decent introduction about his childhood in Minnesota, family travels, and how grade school teachers ruin poetry for our youth. "Americans are impatient with riddles and so they give poetry a wide berth, knowing from Miss Fernwood's 8th grade English class that a page of writing with an uneven right margin means a series of jokes with no punch lines, a puzzle with no right answers." Too often poets whom Keillor describes as "upward-striving" write about Europe, but not the writers he has selected in this collection of over 260 poems. He gives a whole laundry list of subjects that these poems write about, purely American, and Europe be damned.

Mr. Keillor includes a lot of poems from poets I know and like: Wendell Berry, Robert Bly, Charles Bukowski, Raymond Carver, Billy Collins, Stephen Dunn, Allen Ginsberg, Donald Hall, Robinson Jeffers, Galway Kinnell, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Grace Paley, Kenneth Rexroth, Theodore Roethke, W. D.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 13, 2011
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At first one might assume this is a book of poems by Garrison Keillor; but they are ones he has selected in another anthology. This one is of American places. His subjects include ; on the road -trains, driving, summer, the place we were naked- skinny-dipping, city life, snow, residential, work, out west, show business, ocean and other miscellaneous subjects such as a slave auction, a Greyhound bus, sunset, a wonderful `Why I Have a Crush on the UPS Man'.
Most authors have 2 or more poems. There are none by Garrison. Authors include many that are not well known, but also John Updike, Walt Whitman and Johnny Cash's `Folsom Prison Blues'. Two indexes are included, for authors and poem titles , a biography of the authors is incorporated; but it would have been nice to have the page numbers of their poems in that information.

There are poems of specific places and events that all give the flavor of America...the simple things - walking in to a hardware store, riding a train. . The uniqueness of America is shown- a time past and time of the present. This collection does a marvelous job of conveying the heart of America, even if you are not really a devotee of poetry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Steiner on January 14, 2012
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This is a very good compilation of poetry. As with most of Garrison Keillor's books, the voices selected are different, fresh and interesting. The pieces are generally not ones people are familiar with, so it is interesting and enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Rector on January 7, 2012
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Bought this as a gift for my husband. He needs a new addition to his poetry collection every year. This hit the spot, seeing as how poetry is a personal preference thing. This is a great collection for people who appreciate the various beauties and cultures around our country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judi on December 26, 2011
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I really love this book, having purchased several for gifts. It contains a travelogue of delightful poems that gives you a feel for different towns and cities across the United States. The Good Poems books truly are well-earned for their titles. They aren't sappy nor are they punctuated with down-in-the-mouth sentiments of poets grousing about their bum-luck. They are a cross between good storytelling and charming contemporary poetry. I always go away feeling better for spending the time in my armchair travel. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in taking the high road.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B.L. on May 13, 2014
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Herein you will find great and not so great writing. Worth weeding through for the few truly good poems and troubling to see that some absolute drivel is included.
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By randizzle on June 5, 2014
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this collection--as well as the other two 'good poem' anthologies (so far) in the series--are easily my most treasured poetry groupings. keillor has a good grasp of what his target audience will treasure --the kind of folks who followed his prairie home companion radio show -- and these poems are almond butter and toast . yum....
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