Good Poems for Hard Times

Good Poems for Hard Times

by Garrison Keillor
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Good Poems for Hard Times by Garrison Keillor

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143037675
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 100,939
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

August 7, 1942

Place of Birth:

Anoka, Minnesota


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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Good Poems for Hard Times 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
WriteBrainer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet! I'm tired now..
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Very accurate! Well done!
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