Each day humans music in to The Writer's Almanac on public radio and pay attention Garrison Keillor learn them a poem. And right here, for the 1st time, is an anthology of poems from the convey, selected through Keillor for his or her wit, their frankness, their ardour, their "utter readability within the face of every thing else somebody has to accommodate at 7 a.m."
Good Poems contains verse approximately enthusiasts, kids, failure, daily life, demise, and transcendance. It positive aspects the paintings of vintage poets, equivalent to Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, in addition to the paintings of up to date greats akin to Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald corridor, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds. it is a publication of poems for anyone who loves poetry whether or not they realize it or now not.
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