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Good Poems
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Every day people tune in to The Writer's Almanac on public radio and hear Garrison Keillor read them a poem. And here, for the first time, is an anthology of poems from the show, chosen by the narrator for their wit, their frankness, their passion, their "utter clarity in the face of everything else a person has to deal with at 7 a.m." The title Good Poems comes from common literary parlance. For writers, it's enough to refer to somebody having written a good poem. Somebody else can worry about greatness. Mary Oliver's "Wild Geese" is a good poem, and so is James Wright's "A Blessing." Regular people love those poems. People read them aloud at weddings, people send them by e-mail. Good Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendance. It features the work of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, as well as the work of contemporary greats such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds. It's a book of poems for anybody who loves poetry whether they know it or not.
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GripLitGrl
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TheSpineView 💜💜☕💜 5mo
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Butterflyamore
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌸💗🌸💗 8mo
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GripLitGrl
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Butterflyamore
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I chose this because, in a way, the therapist is playing Cupid. Plus this is an awesome poem and it involves books!

#playingcupid #literarylove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good advice 🤣💘 9mo
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GripLitGrl
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#poetrymatters #midnight
Thanks for hosting a fun month 💕 @LazyDays

Bookishthoughts Thank you for participating this is my favorite! 9mo
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GripLitGrl
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Bookishthoughts 😊💛 10mo
GripLitGrl @LazyDays 😁💕 10mo
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kspenmoll
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#PoetryMatters #January2019 #Day5 #lie

I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water,and the great heron feeds.

TiredLibrarian @kspenmoll This is one of my favorites. 😊 It reminds me of this Walt Whitman poem, too. https://m.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/when-i-heard-learned-astronomer 10mo
JackieSmith Wendell Berry, & this poem, is one of my favorites. 10mo
kspenmoll @TiredLibrarian Gave this poem of Whitman‘s to a student of mine this year because it is so him. Thanks for the reminder. 😀 10mo
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TiredLibrarian @kspenmoll 💙💜❤ 10mo
Tanisha_A So beautiful! 10mo
Bookishthoughts Nice💜 10mo
Bookishthoughts I come to peace with wild things. Lovely💕💕💕 10mo
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kspenmoll
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gradcat This is so moving, thanks for posting it...I cannot tell you how much these words strike me to my soul.... 12mo
kspenmoll @gradcat 💕💕💕 12mo
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GripLitGrl
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aquariusnat
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I have always liked poetry . I think it started when I found out I shared my birthday with Lord Byron ! The classics are my fave . Would really love some recs of newer writers . Only type of writing I don't like is dark/violent , just not my taste .

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peacegypsy
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Closing this beautiful day with some tea and poetry. Enjoy your important place in this wonderful world, and dream well, all you readers. 😴📚✌️

Branwen This is one of my favorite poems! Its so comforting! 😄📖 2y
Bibliogeekery One of my favourites too! 2y
peacegypsy @Branwen @Bibliogeekery Mary Oliver is a gift. 😊 Glad to know it brings peace to others! 😊😊😊 2y
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Vbrrgirl
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Just going to buy bday cards at B&N - that never works. Adding to the poetry section of my bookshelves. 💕🤗

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REPollock
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This is my friend‘s wonderful new chapbook out through Diode but it‘s not on Litsy. Quirky poignant discomfiting poems. 🖤👍

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nadine_swartz
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And, sometimes, we don't. That second stanza has my heart bleeding. #poetry #heartbreaker #nooptimismleft

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BMMonge
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Solitude by Ella wheeler wilcox.

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Broke_Girl_Reads
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In honor of this big travel weekend, my favorite poem about trips. I enjoy traveling, but nothing gets my anxiety going quite like airplanes. Thankfully Billy Collins knows that feel

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Jana1982
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Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

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Rachael_reads
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#bookmail #poetry
I'm new to poetry. I'm super excited to dive into these!!

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youngreadrshelf
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I'm not home to take a picture of this #greatdedication, but I did want to share it. #riotgrams @bookriot @Liberty

kspenmoll 😍 3y
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saresmoore
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This is from the end of a poem called "Sweater Weather: A Love Song to Language" by Sharon Bryan. It made me smile this morning.

#LitsyPoetry365

MMenefee Made me smile, too. Thanks for sharing! 3y
saresmoore @MMenefee You're welcome! I like a little wordplay in the morning. :) 3y
Hobbinol ❤the word flibbertigibbet❗ 3y
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Suet624 I had fun reading it aloud. 3y
saresmoore @Hobbinol Yes! It makes me think of Sound of Music. 3y
saresmoore @Suet624 Me too! 3y
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saresmoore
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I always start my morning with reading, a cup of Pu'erh, and my bearded companion. This morning beginning #24in48 is no different. To all those who are marching today, I'm with you in spirit and solidarity! Today is a day for strength and hope.

SharonGoforth Love the NC mug!!☕☕ 3y
saresmoore @SharonGoforth My sis-in-love got it for me. The power of positive thinking! 3y
SharonGoforth 👍👍😊 3y
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josie281 @saresmoore I collect those cups too 😊 3y
saresmoore @josie821 They're so neat! I just realized I don't have one for Florida...where I live...I should get on that! 3y
Jinjer Who makes those state mugs or where do I find them? Thanks! 3y
saresmoore @Jinjer They are from Starbucks, of all places! I don't much care for their coffee, but the mugs are really neat. 3y
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saresmoore
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Well, now, this is a multi-layered metaphor.

#LitsyPoetry365

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Pickpick

You don't have to be a fan of Garrison Keillor to appreciate his taste in poetry. This collection has introduced me to so many talented poets I would have likely never encountered. These aren't "the classics" and may not even be the "best poems." But they are good--good for your soul.

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Broke_Girl_Reads
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Pickpick

Finally jumping on the #augustofpages train so I can show off my #poetrybooks collection. I used to go to monthly poetry workshops as a middle schooler, and it's been a fixture in my life since then. Who are your favorite poets, Litsy?

Broke_Girl_Reads Photo ft. the blanket I have been "working on" since 2011 and still haven't got around to finishing ? 3y
Bibliogeekery I love Mary Oliver, Nayyirah Waheed, Maya Angelou and on and on. . . 3y
Broke_Girl_Reads @Bibliogeekery we have similar tastes! I can't even explain how much I love Mary Oliver. Her poems are my safe space 3y
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Bibliogeekery I hear you on Mary Oliver! Her words are such an important source of comfort for me. I'm a psychotherapist and I often give her poems to clients, as well. Maybe a little too often? Nah, no such thing! 3y
Bibliogeekery "You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves". C'mon, what is better than that? 3y
Broke_Girl_Reads @Bibliogeekery wild geese is my favorite! It doesn't get better than that imho 3y
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gibblr
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Mehso-so

There are many in this collection that resonate with me, but this one sticks both as a child now grown and the mother of young children. I enjoyed most of these poems. (Horrible title, though.)