Good Poems includes poems 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 such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds. Good Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence.
The poems are read by Keillor and a number of the poets included in the collection. Some are wise, some are funny, some are soothing or heartwarming. All were chosen for their wit, frankness, passion, and, in Keillor's words, their utter clarity in the face of everything else a person has to deal with at 7 a.m.
©2002 Garrison Keillor (P)2002 HighBridge Company
I have three wishes: an unabridged version; a "chapter" break between poems [I listen with iTunes on my computer, and if I want to hear a poem over, it is difficult to navigate to the right spot]; and the title/poet named before each and every poem.
Very pleasant listen!! Highly recommended.
Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.
This book is a pure delight. I expected to hear Garrison Keillor narrate all of the poems, and while his soothing voice began the book with Psalm 23, followed by Raymond Carver's "At Least," and John Berryman's "Address to the Lord," he was not the only narrator. I was surprised to hear the voice of Billy Collins reading his poem, "Nightclub," and a number of other poets and narrators reading their own or other poets' works. I also own a hard copy of this great anthology which is what prompted me to buy the audio version. At night, I put in my earbuds and listen to this book in bed as I fall asleep.
Aimless Love by Billy Collins, while not an anthology, is another favorite poetry collection on audible.
I have listened to Garrison Keillor read his poem of the day. He has a wonderful voice and delivery.
I was deeply touched by the reading of John Berryman's "Address to the Lord."
Hearing poetry read is a deeply contemplative experience, preferable to simply reading it in print. I hope that audible will add more books of poetry to the catalog.
It's very difficult to find out which poems are included, and no way to determine who reads it, without listening to the tracks which are unhelpfully labelled Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc. If you just want to "let is play," you can find something to divert you, but good luck finding it again. To improve the experience, send a copy of the book along with the CD.
A disappointing mishmash of bland poems amateurishly recited.
Based on his previous work, Mr. Keeler should have been able to to better.
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