Good Poems: American Places

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Good Poems: American Places ❮BOOKS❯ ✯ Good Poems: American Places Author Garrison Keillor – Polishdarling.co.uk Another bestselling anthology from Garison Keillor beautiful verses rooted in the American landscape Garrison Keillor, the editor of Good Poems and Good Poems for Hard Times, host of The Writer s Alma Another bestselling anthology from Garison Keillor beautiful verses rooted in the American landscape Garrison Keillor, the editor of Good Poems and Good Poems for Hard Times, host of The Writer Good Poems: PDF/EPUB ² s Almanac, and all around arbiter of fine American poetry, introduces another inspiring collection by a range of poets, some beloved favorites and others brash unknowns, organized by regions of America From Nantucket to Knoxville, Manhattan to Minnesota, the heart can be exalted anywhere Think of these poems as postcards from Billy Collins, Nikki Giovanni, William Carlos Williams, Naomi Shihab Nye, Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, and many Like the previous Good Poems collections, this volume celebrates the high spirited, the witty and antic and jazzy voice that in many ways defines the land of the free Choosing poems full of humor, sharp insight, and warmth, Garrison Keillor once again makes good poetry accessible and immensely enjoyable.

    Good Poems: American Places MOBI æ Good Poems: Snyder, Mary Oliver, and many Like the previous Good Poems collections, this volume celebrates the high spirited, the witty and antic and jazzy voice that in many ways defines the land of the free Choosing poems full of humor, sharp insight, and warmth, Garrison Keillor once again makes good poetry accessible and immensely enjoyable."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 512 pages
  • Good Poems: American Places
  • Garrison Keillor
  • English
  • 27 June 2017
  • 0670022543

About the Author: Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor born Gary Edward Keillor on August , in Anoka, Minnesota is an American author, storyteller, humorist, columnist, musician, satirist, and radio personality He is known as host Good Poems: PDF/EPUB ² of the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home CompanionKeillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, the son of Grace Ruth n e Denham and John Philip Keillor, who was a carpenter and postal worker His father had English ancestry, partly by way of Canada Keillor s paternal grandfather was from Kingston, Ontario His maternal grandparents were Scottish immigrants, from Glasgow The family belonged to the Plymouth Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian denomination Keillor has since left He is six feet, three inches m tall Keillor is a member of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party In he told Christianity Today that he was attending the Episcopal church in Saint Paul, after previously attending a Lutheran church in New YorkKeillor graduated from Anoka High School in and from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor s degree in English in During college, he began his broadcasting career on the student operated radio station known today as Radio KKeillor has been married three timesGarrison Keillor started his professional radio career in November with Minnesota Educational Radio, now Minnesota Public Radio He hosted The Morning Program on weekdays from to am on KSJR FM at St John s University, which the station called A Prairie Home Entertainment The show s eclectic music was a major divergence from the station s usual classical fare During this time he also began submitting fiction to The New Yorker, where his first story, Local Family Keeps Son Happy, appeared on September , Keillor resigned from The Morning Program in February to protest a perceived attempt to interfere with his musical programming The show became A Prairie Home Companion when he returned in OctoberA Prairie Home Companion debuted as an old style variety show before a live audience on July , , featuring guest musicians and a cadre cast doing musical numbers and comic skits replete with elaborate live sound effects The show was punctuated by spoof commercial spots from fictitious sponsors such as Powdermilk Biscuits The show also contains parodic serial melodramas, such as The Adventures of Guy Noir, Private Eye and The Lives of the Cowboys Keillor voices Noir and other recurring characters, and also provides vocals for some of the show s musical numbersA Prairie Home Companion ran until , when Keillor decided to end it to focus on other projects In , he launched another live radio program from New York City, The American Radio Company of the Air which had almost the same format as A Prairie Home Companion s In , he moved ARC back to St Paul, and a year later changed the name back to A Prairie Home Companion it has remained a Saturday night fixture ever sinceKeillor has been called o ne of the most perceptive and witty commentators about Midwestern life by Randall Balmer in Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism He has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles andthan a dozen books for adults as well as children He has also written for Salon and authored an advice column at Salon under the name Mr Blue In Keillor published a collection of political essays, Homegrown Democrat A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America, and in June he began a column called The Old Scout , which ran at Salon and in syndicated newspapers The column went on hiatus in April Keillor wrote the screenplay for the movie A Prairie Home Companion, directed by Robert Altman Keillor also appears in the movie.



10 thoughts on “Good Poems: American Places

  1. Michele Michele says:

    How often do you sit down and read a volume of poetry For me, I know it is not enough But, I did enjoy this one It was really nice having someone so literary pick and choose what they thought would be good for you to read There were several poems that were so moving, I was brought to tears They are also some that are quirky and fun, such as the UPS man and Nancy Drew poem I need to do thisoften.My faves 18 Moment42 Summer Kitchen45 Reverence122 Gate C22158 Arc160 Why I have a cr How often do you sit down and read a volume of poetry For me, I know it is not enough But, I did enjoy this one It was really nice having someone so literary pick and choose what they thought would be good for you to read There were several poems that were so moving, I was brought to tears They are also some that are quirky and fun, such as the UPS man and Nancy Drew poem I need to do thisoften.My faves 18 Moment42 Summer Kitchen45 Reverence122 Gate C22158 Arc160 Why I have a crush on you UPS man270 Snow, Aldo289 Snow Flakes368 The Trestle379 Nancy Drew421 Meadowbook Nursing HomeHere s a sampleNancy Drew Merely pretty, she made up for it with vim.And she got to say things like, But, gosh,what if these plans should fall into the wrong hands and it was pretty clear she didn t mean plans for a party or a trip to the museum, but something involving espionage and a Nazi or two.In fact, the handsome exchange student turns out to be a Fascist sympathizer When he snatches Nancy along with some blueprints, she knows he has somethingsinister in mind than kissing her with his mouth openLocked in the pantry of an abandoned farm house,Nancy makes a radio out of a shoelace and a muffin.Pretty soon the police show up, and everything s hunky dory.Nancy accepts their thanks, but she s subdued.It s not like her to fall for a cad Even as she plansa short vacation to sort our her emotions she knowsthere will be a suspicious waiter, a woman in a green off the shoulder dress, and her very jittery husband.Very well But nohandsome boys like the last one the part in his hair that was sheer propulsion, that wayhe had of lifting his eyes to hers over the custard,those feelings that made her not want to be braveconfident and daring, polite, sensitive and caring

  2. Nina Nina says:

    Keillor s latest anthology is an American travelogue in poetry Travel not just in the context of place, but also time, history As the title states, these poems are uniquely American, a celebration of cities, suburbs, cornfields, oceans, and weather There is an entire section of poems titled Snow, another titled Out West, another titled Ocean Brine Contemporary poets predominate, many of them not yet widely known.Cerise Press published an interview with Thomas Lux in the summer 2009 issue Sa Keillor s latest anthology is an American travelogue in poetry Travel not just in the context of place, but also time, history As the title states, these poems are uniquely American, a celebration of cities, suburbs, cornfields, oceans, and weather There is an entire section of poems titled Snow, another titled Out West, another titled Ocean Brine Contemporary poets predominate, many of them not yet widely known.Cerise Press published an interview with Thomas Lux in the summer 2009 issue Sally Molini asked Lux about accessible poems Lux s response, partially quoted below, describes the poems in this anthology they are hospitable, and they invite the reader to experience the slice of America the poet describes Billy Collins says he prefers the word hospitable rather than accessible I think I do too There s plenty of room for strangeness, mystery, originality,wildness, etc in poems that also invite the reader into the human and alive center about which the poem circles Thomas Lux The anthology format makes it difficult to select favorite poems to quote, as there are simply too many wondrous snapshots In his introduction, Keillor states, This is a book of poems in which the poet simply is carried away by a particular place in America Now it s your turn Enter over 400 pages of reverence for an American place, and prepare to be carried away

  3. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    The only thing that the poems in this book really all have in common is an American voice and sense of place, and so they are especially appealing to an American reader I m not sure if they would be equally as appealing to readers from other parts of the world, unless it were a reader who was struggling to get a sense of what these crazy Americans are all about Overall, the book is a profile of the quirkiness and diversity that is America.There are so many good poems here but two stand out in The only thing that the poems in this book really all have in common is an American voice and sense of place, and so they are especially appealing to an American reader I m not sure if they would be equally as appealing to readers from other parts of the world, unless it were a reader who was struggling to get a sense of what these crazy Americans are all about Overall, the book is a profile of the quirkiness and diversity that is America.There are so many good poems here but two stand out in my mind as favorites The first is John Updike s Baseball, not surprising perhaps since I am a baseball fan and an Updike fan The second is Why I Have A Crush On You, UPS Man by Alice N Persons What can I say As one who looks forward to visits from her UPS man, I could relate

  4. Michael Michael says:

    Most free verse sucks It s just stream of consciousness babble, formatted to look like poetry, or really poorly punctuated paragraphs, or just a regular paragraph that someone called poem Whatever This is 444 pages of free verse, for the most part I simply do not see the attraction It is so subjective There is no there there I liked about ten poems in this entire book out ofthan 100 I learned a lot about poetry from The Ode Less Travelled Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry Most free verse sucks It s just stream of consciousness babble, formatted to look like poetry, or really poorly punctuated paragraphs, or just a regular paragraph that someone called poem Whatever This is 444 pages of free verse, for the most part I simply do not see the attraction It is so subjective There is no there there I liked about ten poems in this entire book out ofthan 100 I learned a lot about poetry from The Ode Less Travelled Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry, and while I fully acknowledge that, first, the kind of poetry one prefers is entirely a matter of personal preference note that I snuck some alliteration in there and second, I prefer metered verse, or blank verse, or something a tadtechnical that the average free verse poem, I freely admit that when free verse does work for me, it s wonderful It s just rare So I wrote a free verse poem Maybe Garrison will read it on The Writer s Almanac, and put it in his next book I went to Market Basket tonightamong the frozen peas and Cabotcheddar, a light flickered above meululating with the beatof carriage wheelsand cabbages.See you on the radio, kids

  5. Jef Sneider Jef Sneider says:

    Garrison Keillor has done a nice job putting together an assortment of American poems old and new The brief biographies in the reference section makes interesting reading as I tried to understand the poem by knowing the poet This did not often work As a reader new to poetry, I enjoyed seeing the variety of poems They were easy to read and follow, reflecting various aspects of American life, city and rural, recent and past The poems made for good bedtime reading This book is the third in a Garrison Keillor has done a nice job putting together an assortment of American poems old and new The brief biographies in the reference section makes interesting reading as I tried to understand the poem by knowing the poet This did not often work As a reader new to poetry, I enjoyed seeing the variety of poems They were easy to read and follow, reflecting various aspects of American life, city and rural, recent and past The poems made for good bedtime reading This book is the third in a series and the book itself had a nice feel and design I plan to get the others to enjoy as well

  6. Pamela Pamela says:

    This is a very nice selection of poetry reflecting a diverging viewpoints regarding American life as reflected in its geography I particularly liked the balance of well known poets along side those whose work might receive less placement in anthologies.

  7. Janice Janice says:

    I always enjoy reading poems by poets I hadn t heard of, and this collection gives me that opportunity.

  8. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    As the 3rd book in the series this one was okay.

  9. Jim Jim says:

    There were a number of good poems in this anthology A lot of repeat offenders, too He seems to like non rhyming dark poetry and the same authors a lot but many of his choices were ones I too would have chosen I found many of these to be good introductions to poets I was unfamiliar with and throughout the book, I kept stopping and jotting down names of poets and poems.I liked the end with a blurb for each poet.

  10. Martha Martha says:

    Despite the way Garrison Keillor irritates me nowadays, it s clear we have a very similar taste in poetry I love his criteria for the poems he selects short, usually a bit prose y, powerful, emotional, surprising I also love his creativity in grouping poems In this collection, his categories include On the Road, A Warm Summer, City Life, A Sort of Rapture, Snow Charming As I read through, I bookmark the table of contents so I can check star underline titles and also the author notes at the Despite the way Garrison Keillor irritates me nowadays, it s clear we have a very similar taste in poetry I love his criteria for the poems he selects short, usually a bit prose y, powerful, emotional, surprising I also love his creativity in grouping poems In this collection, his categories include On the Road, A Warm Summer, City Life, A Sort of Rapture, Snow Charming As I read through, I bookmark the table of contents so I can check star underline titles and also the author notes at the end, so I can find out something about a new name It s fun to see that someone is from the Twin Cities, or taught at Southern Illinois University, or some other kind of mythic link to me I love the way he reintroduces me to familiar names, too This spring, I was bowled over by the William Carlos Williams poem, Spring and All 1923 By the road to the contagious hospitalLifeless in appearance, sluggish dazed spring approaches This is indeed a northern spring poem and the resonance and mystery of the remarkable first line is amazing I ve got Maxine Kumin on my to read buy list, because of what I saw of her in this book, and my table of contents marks poems by William Stafford, Gary Snyder, Kate DeMillo, W.S Merwin, Linda Pastan, and Charles Bukowski all poets whose names I know, but whose work I ve read very little of I used DeMillo s poem Snow, Aldo as an opening prayer for a church board meeting, and I sent Louis Jenkins Earl to my daughter and several others it was another poem that delighted me and that I reread for several days Well, how else are you to live except by denial, by some palatable fiction, some little song to sing while the inevitable, the black and white blindsiding fact, comes hurtling toward you out of the deep Thank you very much, Garrison

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10 thoughts on “Good Poems: American Places

  1. Michele Michele says:

    How often do you sit down and read a volume of poetry For me, I know it is not enough But, I did enjoy this one It was really nice having someone so literary pick and choose what they thought would be good for you to read There were several poems that were so moving, I was brought to tears They are also some that are quirky and fun, such as the UPS man and Nancy Drew poem I need to do thisoften.My faves 18 Moment42 Summer Kitchen45 Reverence122 Gate C22158 Arc160 Why I have a cr How often do you sit down and read a volume of poetry For me, I know it is not enough But, I did enjoy this one It was really nice having someone so literary pick and choose what they thought would be good for you to read There were several poems that were so moving, I was brought to tears They are also some that are quirky and fun, such as the UPS man and Nancy Drew poem I need to do thisoften.My faves 18 Moment42 Summer Kitchen45 Reverence122 Gate C22158 Arc160 Why I have a crush on you UPS man270 Snow, Aldo289 Snow Flakes368 The Trestle379 Nancy Drew421 Meadowbook Nursing HomeHere s a sampleNancy Drew Merely pretty, she made up for it with vim.And she got to say things like, But, gosh,what if these plans should fall into the wrong hands and it was pretty clear she didn t mean plans for a party or a trip to the museum, but something involving espionage and a Nazi or two.In fact, the handsome exchange student turns out to be a Fascist sympathizer When he snatches Nancy along with some blueprints, she knows he has somethingsinister in mind than kissing her with his mouth openLocked in the pantry of an abandoned farm house,Nancy makes a radio out of a shoelace and a muffin.Pretty soon the police show up, and everything s hunky dory.Nancy accepts their thanks, but she s subdued.It s not like her to fall for a cad Even as she plansa short vacation to sort our her emotions she knowsthere will be a suspicious waiter, a woman in a green off the shoulder dress, and her very jittery husband.Very well But nohandsome boys like the last one the part in his hair that was sheer propulsion, that wayhe had of lifting his eyes to hers over the custard,those feelings that made her not want to be braveconfident and daring, polite, sensitive and caring


  2. Nina Nina says:

    Keillor s latest anthology is an American travelogue in poetry Travel not just in the context of place, but also time, history As the title states, these poems are uniquely American, a celebration of cities, suburbs, cornfields, oceans, and weather There is an entire section of poems titled Snow, another titled Out West, another titled Ocean Brine Contemporary poets predominate, many of them not yet widely known.Cerise Press published an interview with Thomas Lux in the summer 2009 issue Sa Keillor s latest anthology is an American travelogue in poetry Travel not just in the context of place, but also time, history As the title states, these poems are uniquely American, a celebration of cities, suburbs, cornfields, oceans, and weather There is an entire section of poems titled Snow, another titled Out West, another titled Ocean Brine Contemporary poets predominate, many of them not yet widely known.Cerise Press published an interview with Thomas Lux in the summer 2009 issue Sally Molini asked Lux about accessible poems Lux s response, partially quoted below, describes the poems in this anthology they are hospitable, and they invite the reader to experience the slice of America the poet describes Billy Collins says he prefers the word hospitable rather than accessible I think I do too There s plenty of room for strangeness, mystery, originality,wildness, etc in poems that also invite the reader into the human and alive center about which the poem circles Thomas Lux The anthology format makes it difficult to select favorite poems to quote, as there are simply too many wondrous snapshots In his introduction, Keillor states, This is a book of poems in which the poet simply is carried away by a particular place in America Now it s your turn Enter over 400 pages of reverence for an American place, and prepare to be carried away


  3. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    The only thing that the poems in this book really all have in common is an American voice and sense of place, and so they are especially appealing to an American reader I m not sure if they would be equally as appealing to readers from other parts of the world, unless it were a reader who was struggling to get a sense of what these crazy Americans are all about Overall, the book is a profile of the quirkiness and diversity that is America.There are so many good poems here but two stand out in The only thing that the poems in this book really all have in common is an American voice and sense of place, and so they are especially appealing to an American reader I m not sure if they would be equally as appealing to readers from other parts of the world, unless it were a reader who was struggling to get a sense of what these crazy Americans are all about Overall, the book is a profile of the quirkiness and diversity that is America.There are so many good poems here but two stand out in my mind as favorites The first is John Updike s Baseball, not surprising perhaps since I am a baseball fan and an Updike fan The second is Why I Have A Crush On You, UPS Man by Alice N Persons What can I say As one who looks forward to visits from her UPS man, I could relate


  4. Michael Michael says:

    Most free verse sucks It s just stream of consciousness babble, formatted to look like poetry, or really poorly punctuated paragraphs, or just a regular paragraph that someone called poem Whatever This is 444 pages of free verse, for the most part I simply do not see the attraction It is so subjective There is no there there I liked about ten poems in this entire book out ofthan 100 I learned a lot about poetry from The Ode Less Travelled Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry Most free verse sucks It s just stream of consciousness babble, formatted to look like poetry, or really poorly punctuated paragraphs, or just a regular paragraph that someone called poem Whatever This is 444 pages of free verse, for the most part I simply do not see the attraction It is so subjective There is no there there I liked about ten poems in this entire book out ofthan 100 I learned a lot about poetry from The Ode Less Travelled Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry, and while I fully acknowledge that, first, the kind of poetry one prefers is entirely a matter of personal preference note that I snuck some alliteration in there and second, I prefer metered verse, or blank verse, or something a tadtechnical that the average free verse poem, I freely admit that when free verse does work for me, it s wonderful It s just rare So I wrote a free verse poem Maybe Garrison will read it on The Writer s Almanac, and put it in his next book I went to Market Basket tonightamong the frozen peas and Cabotcheddar, a light flickered above meululating with the beatof carriage wheelsand cabbages.See you on the radio, kids


  5. Jef Sneider Jef Sneider says:

    Garrison Keillor has done a nice job putting together an assortment of American poems old and new The brief biographies in the reference section makes interesting reading as I tried to understand the poem by knowing the poet This did not often work As a reader new to poetry, I enjoyed seeing the variety of poems They were easy to read and follow, reflecting various aspects of American life, city and rural, recent and past The poems made for good bedtime reading This book is the third in a Garrison Keillor has done a nice job putting together an assortment of American poems old and new The brief biographies in the reference section makes interesting reading as I tried to understand the poem by knowing the poet This did not often work As a reader new to poetry, I enjoyed seeing the variety of poems They were easy to read and follow, reflecting various aspects of American life, city and rural, recent and past The poems made for good bedtime reading This book is the third in a series and the book itself had a nice feel and design I plan to get the others to enjoy as well


  6. Pamela Pamela says:

    This is a very nice selection of poetry reflecting a diverging viewpoints regarding American life as reflected in its geography I particularly liked the balance of well known poets along side those whose work might receive less placement in anthologies.


  7. Janice Janice says:

    I always enjoy reading poems by poets I hadn t heard of, and this collection gives me that opportunity.


  8. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    As the 3rd book in the series this one was okay.


  9. Jim Jim says:

    There were a number of good poems in this anthology A lot of repeat offenders, too He seems to like non rhyming dark poetry and the same authors a lot but many of his choices were ones I too would have chosen I found many of these to be good introductions to poets I was unfamiliar with and throughout the book, I kept stopping and jotting down names of poets and poems.I liked the end with a blurb for each poet.


  10. Martha Martha says:

    Despite the way Garrison Keillor irritates me nowadays, it s clear we have a very similar taste in poetry I love his criteria for the poems he selects short, usually a bit prose y, powerful, emotional, surprising I also love his creativity in grouping poems In this collection, his categories include On the Road, A Warm Summer, City Life, A Sort of Rapture, Snow Charming As I read through, I bookmark the table of contents so I can check star underline titles and also the author notes at the Despite the way Garrison Keillor irritates me nowadays, it s clear we have a very similar taste in poetry I love his criteria for the poems he selects short, usually a bit prose y, powerful, emotional, surprising I also love his creativity in grouping poems In this collection, his categories include On the Road, A Warm Summer, City Life, A Sort of Rapture, Snow Charming As I read through, I bookmark the table of contents so I can check star underline titles and also the author notes at the end, so I can find out something about a new name It s fun to see that someone is from the Twin Cities, or taught at Southern Illinois University, or some other kind of mythic link to me I love the way he reintroduces me to familiar names, too This spring, I was bowled over by the William Carlos Williams poem, Spring and All 1923 By the road to the contagious hospitalLifeless in appearance, sluggish dazed spring approaches This is indeed a northern spring poem and the resonance and mystery of the remarkable first line is amazing I ve got Maxine Kumin on my to read buy list, because of what I saw of her in this book, and my table of contents marks poems by William Stafford, Gary Snyder, Kate DeMillo, W.S Merwin, Linda Pastan, and Charles Bukowski all poets whose names I know, but whose work I ve read very little of I used DeMillo s poem Snow, Aldo as an opening prayer for a church board meeting, and I sent Louis Jenkins Earl to my daughter and several others it was another poem that delighted me and that I reread for several days Well, how else are you to live except by denial, by some palatable fiction, some little song to sing while the inevitable, the black and white blindsiding fact, comes hurtling toward you out of the deep Thank you very much, Garrison


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