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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,092 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: various authors Narrator: Garrison Keillor, A Full Cast Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781598879582
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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.

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.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 2/20/2014

    " This is the single best anthology of poetry. I read it cover to cover, and decided at the beginning to mark my favorite poems, or the ones that I wanted to read a second time (possibly a third or twenty-seventh), and I marked nearly every page. The poems are brief and powerful. I recommend it to everyone whether or not they think of themselves as poetry readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Debroux | 2/10/2014

    " I always feel at home with Garrison Keillor "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/29/2014

    " The anthology I keep by the bed and read from every morning "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/27/2014

    " I really liked this book. It offered a great variety of authors. I haven't read much poetry but will start now that I can pick some favorites as I came across several from this book that I find worth checking out further. I'm inspired to try my hand at writing some of my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynsey | 1/27/2014

    " This is an amazing collection of poems selected by Garrison Keillor from his "Writers Almanac" radio program. The majority of the poems are accessible to the average reader - an advanced understanding of literature or poetry is not required prior to reading this collection. Some poems are not appropriate for younger readers, though I believe there is another collection put together by Keillor that features poetry for the family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/22/2014

    " Good collection to flip through at random. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 1/22/2014

    " It's a nice collection, and it's really nice Garrison Keillor found a way to make money off material in the public domain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/20/2014

    " I've been reading this one off and on for four or five months; it's not to be digested all at once! The poems Keillor chooses are, on average, sentimental and accessible, and I mean that in the best way. They are poems that bridge the gap between your heart and the poet's, rather than separating you. They are also, very largely, twentieth-century poems written by people I've never heard of; these are mostly not the endlessly anthologized poems found in most volumes like this one. A really excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bailey | 1/16/2014

    " This is a great introduction to poetry for those who haven't read a lot of it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/13/2014

    " One of my very favorite poetry anthologies. Great selection of poems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 1/7/2014

    " I think if you only ever own one good poetry anthology--this should be it. The collection put together by Keillor is fabulously enjoyable and never obtuse. Highly, highly, highly recommend. My personal favorite? "Mae West." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Adair | 12/5/2013

    " Old friends, new friends and all bound together by Garrison Keillor's effortless prose. A joy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 12/4/2013

    " Love this book. If you're not a page folder, you'll want to have plenty of bookmarks on hand. I can't seem to stop myself from sharing these... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/29/2013

    " Jeremy loves Garrison Keillor; I love poetry. It's a match made in heaven! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Gilfillan | 10/29/2013

    " This is a great collection of poetry. It had a lot of my old favorites in it, and a lot of new favorites as well. I'll definitely want to revisit this collection again and again. I enjoyed the biographies of the poets, at the end of the book, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/29/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. Lovely collection of poems, some that I loved and some that I didn't even like, but with wonderful variety and a very nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Herrmann | 1/8/2013

    " Well organized - original choices. Many poets I now wish to read more of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babsmu | 8/16/2012

    " Keillor is king. A great collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie Meyn | 8/12/2012

    " Makes a great gift. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/23/2012

    " An outstanding collection of poems by authors of all walks of life, including all my favorites. In keeping with Garrison Keillor's radio show at 7 am, I would read a poem each morning from this book and begin my day with inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esmeralda | 4/8/2012

    " A poem for every occasion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 12/12/2011

    " Very accessible poems (Garrison Keillor read all of them aloud on his radio show at some point). Moving, funny, courageous...get this book and enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harley | 11/21/2011

    " If you read one anthology of poetry, this is the book to read. I have read it 3 times and find something new each time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Carr | 10/14/2011

    " there is a poem in here for everything, everytime, everyone. some funny, some poignant, some depressing, some uplifting, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Braden Canfield | 9/10/2011

    " Love this collection of powerful, accessible poems. I go back to it often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms. Katie Smith | 7/16/2011

    " Lovely collection of poems that are going to 'hit you' today. You don't have to sift through the bad ones because they are all actually GOOD poems! Fitting title! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cori | 3/24/2011

    " Exactly as the title states, these are good, down-to-earth, thought-provoking poems... stuff even the anti-poet would like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 3/7/2011

    " One of my favorite collections of poetry. Very eclectic, meant for everyday reading and enjoyment as they were originally read on Garrison Keilor's daily show on NPR "The Writer's Almanac". Great poetry anthology for people who think they don't like poetry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camilla | 2/16/2011

    " What a nice selection of poems. And how my tastes change, as I get older! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 2/4/2011

    " I really liked this book. It offered a great variety of authors. I haven't read much poetry but will start now that I can pick some favorites as I came across several from this book that I find worth checking out further. I'm inspired to try my hand at writing some of my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/6/2011

    " awesome book. got it from my sister. he does radio on WNPR every a.m. love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 12/1/2010

    " The anthology I keep by the bed and read from every morning "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graeme | 9/25/2010

    " I love Garrison Keillor's choices. He might not suit you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 8/16/2010

    " One of my very favorite poetry anthologies. Great selection of poems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 8/11/2010

    " Wonderful selections of poems. Will read them all over time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 7/26/2010

    " Old friends, new friends and all bound together by Garrison Keillor's effortless prose. A joy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 6/29/2010

    " Great great great. Re-reading, randomly picking -- it all works with this collection. "

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About the Narrator

Garrison Keillor is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than thirty-five years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast. Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, the New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.