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Good Poems, American Places Hardcover – April 14, 2011
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Thank you Garrison Keillor for another fantastic book of good poems.
It is worth the price of this book for Mr. Keillor's introduction alone. He opines that America is in "hard times" now with "the levels of power firmly in the hands of a cadre of Christian pirates and bullies whose cynicism is stunning," with the perversion of religion, a tax system that favors the rich, when newspapers decline and the censor abounds. He fears for a future when America has "no binding traditions," when the public cannot name senators and gets their political knowledge through television and their "only public life at Wal-Mart." He says further about what is already taking place: "You lie in a hotel bed at night, remote in hand and surf a hundred channels of television. . . and you can drift for hours among the flotsam and you will never see anything that shows that you're in Knoxville or Seattle or Santa Fe or Chicago and nobody will ever speak to you as straightforwardly and clearly as poetry does." That's pretty scary stuff.
Mr. Keillor is totally democratic in his choice of writers.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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I love poetry, and i love depressing poetry. Overall the best book of poems i have ever bought.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
How could you not love this collection? I try to, at least, read one poem a day. This is a book I will pick up again and again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Read then review
This is a richly varied collection of poems beautifully introduced by that unflappably unhip Minnesota man of letters, Garrison Keillor. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marian Deegan
I give this book to people who get ill or who become administrators at my university.Published 9 months ago by Donald I. Siegel