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review 2015-05-27 19:52
Book Review: Good Poems by Garrison Keller
Good Poems - Garrison Keillor

An interesting division of poems, although at times the poems within the section didn't quite reflect the respective section title.

An anthology containing some poems I couldn't relate to, some good poems and some beautiful poems, outstanding in their simplicity and imagery, such as "When one has lived a long time alone" by Galway Kinnell (echoed with mysticism); "Rain Travel" by WS Merwin (vivid imagery of lying awake listening to the night time rain) and "The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry (expressing a deeply spiritual communion with nature) were particular favourites.

A nice addition to my poetry collection.

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review 2012-11-25 00:00
The Good Thief - Marie Howe 08/11/2010

Wasn't my favorite Marie Howe collection. Revisit in a few years.

UPDATE 11/25/2012

So glad I tried this one again, as expected I found a lot more to love here this time. Favorites included:

Part of Eve’s Discussion

"very much like the moment, driving on bad ice, when it occurs to you your car could spin, just before it slowly begins to spin"

From Nowhere

"a day comes, when you say what all winter / I’ve been meaning to ask, and a crack booms and echoes / where ice had seemed solid"

What Belongs To Us

"Not even the blisters. Look."


"Is this how they felt after the flood? The floor / a mess, the garden ruined / the animals insufferable, cooped up so long?"

Gretel, from a sudden clearing

"deep into a wood / so darkly green, so deafening with birdsong / I stopped my ears"

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review 2012-09-11 00:00
Good Poems - Garrison Keillor Loved it. Loved the intro by Keillor, loved the selections.
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review 2003-01-01 00:00
Good Poems
Good Poems - Garrison Keillor "This is not Introduction to Poetry (MWF 9am Chemistry 150, 3 cr) and I am not the Maud Hill Hallowell Professor of American Lit, and your name isn't Daphne Foxcroft. It's simply a book of poems... that somehow stuck with me...." from Keillor's intro to this book. Recommended.
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