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Good Poems: Selected and Introduced by Garrison Keillor | [Garrison Keillor (editor), Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, Sharon Olds]

Good Poems: Selected and Introduced by Garrison Keillor

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 OldsGood Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence.
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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

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    KSmith 01-27-11
    KSmith 01-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Very good, but. . ."

    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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 02-26-14
    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 02-26-14 Member Since 2014

    Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.

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    "A Pure Delight"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Good Poems to and why?

    Aimless Love by Billy Collins, while not an anthology, is another favorite poetry collection on audible.


    Have you listened to any of Garrison Keillor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Garrison Keillor read his poem of the day. He has a wonderful voice and delivery.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was deeply touched by the reading of John Berryman's "Address to the Lord."


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    e8936 12-02-14
    e8936 12-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "No Table of Contents"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


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    SeanR 07-24-12
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    "what happened, Garrison?"
    What disappointed you about Good Poems?

    A disappointing mishmash of bland poems amateurishly recited.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on his previous work, Mr. Keeler should have been able to to better.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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