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by Garrison Keillor , Various


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142003442
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
128,540
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Overview

 

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.

Editorial Reviews

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

"These are poems to live in comfort with all one's life." (Booklist)

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

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    Read an Excerpt

     

    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 chair

    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

    1

    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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