Good Poems for Hard Times

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Chosen by Garison Keillor for his readings on public radio's The Writer's Almanac, the 185 poems in this follow-up to his acclaimed anthology Good Poems are perfect for our troubled times. Here, readers will find solace in works that are bracing and courageous, organized into such resonant headings as "Such As It Is More or Less" and "Let It Spill." From William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman to R. S. Gwynn and Jennifer Michael Hecht, the voices gathered in this collection will be more than welcome to those who've ...

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Overview

Chosen by Garison Keillor for his readings on public radio's The Writer's Almanac, the 185 poems in this follow-up to his acclaimed anthology Good Poems are perfect for our troubled times. Here, readers will find solace in works that are bracing and courageous, organized into such resonant headings as "Such As It Is More or Less" and "Let It Spill." From William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman to R. S. Gwynn and Jennifer Michael Hecht, the voices gathered in this collection will be more than welcome to those who've been struck by bad news, who are burdened by stress, or who simply appreciate the power of good poetry.

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The anthology sequel to Good Poems isn't about suffering. Good Poems for Hard Times consists of poems to raise blah spirits and inspire dormant minds. As in his previous collection, Prairie Home Companion buddy Garrison Keillor has chosen accessible poems for ordinary folk, not highfalutin highbrows. The poets represented include Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, Raymond Carver, Robert Frost, Charles Simic, and Kenneth Rexroth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143037675
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 157,375
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor, author of nearly a dozen books, is founder and host of the acclaimed radio show A Prairie Home Companion and the daily program The Writer's Almanac. He is also a regular contributor to Time magazine.

Biography

Garrison Keillor is the author of thirteen books, including Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, Wobegon Boy, and Lake Wobegon Days. From 1999-2001, Keillor wrote a column "Dear Mr. Blue: Advice for Lovers and Writers" on Salon.com. Keillor's popular Saturday-night public radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, is in its twenty-seventh season. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Gary Edward Keillor (real name)
      Garrison Keillor
    2. Hometown:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 7, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Anoka, Minnesota
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

Table of Contents

Break of day 3
Happiness 4
This morning 5
The monks of St. John's file in for prayer 6
Job 7
Or death and December 8
Sonnet : "rarely, rarely comest thou, spirit of delight" 9
The little horse is newlY 10
A poem for Emily 11
For a five-year-old 12
For my daughter in reply to a question 13
The goose 14
Starting the Subaru at five below 15
Day bath 17
A dialogue of watching 21
A birthday 22
Thoughts in a garden 23
Spring 24
Unharvested 26
The state of the economy 27
At the arraignment 28
from "Song of myself" 30
Ice storm 34
Passengers 35
The summer-camp bus pulls away from the curb 37
You can take it with you 38
To David, about his education 40
Invitation 41
Calling him back from layoff 43
Working in the rain 45
My father's lunch 46
The happiest day 51
'After dark vapours have oppressed our plains' 53
Children's hospital, emergency room 54
The longly-weds know 56
In answer to your query 58
Toast 60
Detail waiting for a train 61
September twelfth, 2001 62
The altar 63
Sonnet no. 6 : dearest, I never knew such loving 64
There comes the strangest moment 65
Snowflake 66
Somewhere I'll find you 67
Feasting 69
Song 70
Yes 71
The dalliance of the eagles 72
After love 73
Sonnet CVI : when in the chronicle of wasted time 74
A spiral notebook 77
What's in my journal 78
Why I take good care of my Macintosh 79
Ode to my 1977 Toyota 81
Internal exile 83
Burma-shave 85
Carnation milk 88
A brief lecture on door closers 89
Sonnet XII : why are we by all creatures waited on? 91
Angels 92
Passing through a small town 94
In Paris with you 95
Wedding poem for Schele and Phil 97
Seven deadly sins 101
Teaching a child the art of confession 102
A physics 103
Things 104
Any prince to any princess 105
The courage that my mother had 107
Please Mrs. Butler 108
To a frustrated poet 110
The lesson of the moth 111
Disappointment 113
The cure 115
Upon hearing about the suicide of the daughter of friends 116
The con job 119
Fareweel to a' our Scottish fame 121
Easter morning 122
A million young workmen, 1915 124
The college colonel 125
Ordinary life 127
To fight aloud, is very brave 129
Analysis of baseball 130
Ode to American English 132
High water mark 134
After school on ordinary days 135
Snow in the suburbs 137
Now winter nights enlarge 138
Happiness 139
from Tender buttons 142
Classic ballroom dances 143
Theater 144
Ode on the whole duty of parents 145
The benefits of ignorance 149
Bunthorne's song 150
The rules of evidence 152
Courtesy 153
What the uneducated old woman told me 155
Proverbs of hell 157
To a daughter leaving home 159
No longer a teenager 160
Prayer 162
Minnesota Thanksgiving 163
Berryman 164
Mother, in love at sixty 166
My agent says 167
Afraid so 169
The yak 171
High plains farming 172
The fish 174
The future 177
Riveted 179
All that time 180
My husband discovers poetry 182
The poet's occasional alternative 184
The unsaid 185
Snapshot of a lump 186
Hymn to God, my God, in my sickness 188
Last days 190
Thelonious monk 197
The discovery of sex 199
The lawyer 201
The prodigal son's brother 202
Calling your father 203
Al and Beth 204
The meeting 206
Nothing is lost 208
The planet on the table 209
It is raining on the house of Anne Frank 210
The sunlight on the garden 212
Too sweet 213
For my sister, emigrating 215
The three kings 216
Not only the Eskimos 217
Where go the boats 220
The parade 221
My cup 223
Affirmation 224
A singing voice 225
Since you asked 227
Inviting a friend to supper 229
The love cook 231
Soda crackers 232
That silent evening 234
This is how memory works 236
"The purpose of time is to prevent everything from happening at once" 238
Death mask 241
That's the sum of it 244
Suck it up 245
The day the tree fell down 247
White autumn 248
Naked 250
Slow children at play 252
Driving to town late to mail a letter 253
[My brother's in Wyoming ...] 254
My brother 255
Still life 256
The changing light 257
At the fishhouses 259
A man in Maine 262
The war in the air 264
In the middle 265
Are you tired of me, my darling? 266
On a night of snow 267
Closing in on the harvest 268
Reconciliation 270
Tie the strings to my life, my Lord 271
The last waltz 272
Rye whiskey 273
Let old Nellie stay 274
In praise of my bed 275
Poem for the family 276
In bed with a book 277
My father gets up in the middle of the night to watch an old movie 278
A prayer in the prospect of death 279
Diner 280
When death comes 281
At my funeral 283
The wish to be generous 284
Last poem 285
Just now 289
Psalm 51 290
Dawn revisited 292
Crossing the bar 293
Morning swim 294
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    I Love Garrison Keillor!

    What a wonderful collection! I love listening to Keillor on the radio and I'm so appreciative of this book of poems he's put together. I've read work by some of these poets before, but most are new to me. What a great read (whether you're going through 'hard times' or not)!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2010

    Good Poems for Hard Times

    I have been having a lot of hard times. I find myself bewildered,sad and hopeless.
    One day when I returned home from one of my doctor appointments I found this book with a letter on top. The note said " I found this book while I Was shopping. I think that if anybody needs this book, it is you." Tt was a gift from my sister.
    I immediately fell in love with this book. It featured poems from some of my favorite Poets such as E E Cummings, Carl Sandburg, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, and many others. It also has poems from Donald Hall, Ray Carver, Noel Coward, Billy Collins, and many other of my favorite poets.
    I loved this book because it is the homemade chicken soup we hope for after a snowball fight with our best friend or walking home when the snow is so deep it fills our boots. It is a mixture of great poems and the warmth of everyday living.
    Garrison Keillor has an incrediable abilty to find poems which talk about the tragedy everyone has or will come to know. He also splashes us with the joy of life. Mostly, Keillor brings us to the beauty and loveliness of everyday.
    'Good Poems for Hard Times isn't a book which holds your hand as you walk into each day of your life. These poems give us every moment that life gives to us.
    This is a great read and a wonderful way of seeing how very blessed we all are.
    By Amoment

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Great Collection

    Great collection of superb poems spanning many eras. Some are funny, many are touching, and all are simply wonderful to read. Keillor really knows how to pick his poems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Blade

    Sweet! I'm tired now..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Sorry about that

    I like the poem a little

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Great poem

    Very accurate! Well done!

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