Good Poems for Hard Times

Good Poems for Hard Times

by Garrison Keillor

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When Garrison Keillor published Good Poems, he touched a chord in readersacross America. The anthology of poems he selected for their “wit, their simplicity, their passion, and their utter clarity in the face of everything else a person has to deal with” inspired thousands to buy what was for many their first book of poetry.

Now, in Good Poems for Hard Times, Keillor has pondered over the archives of his beloved Writer's Almanac radio show to select a batch of consoling, rousing, and truthful poems guaranteed to raise flagging spirits or to inspire those in need of a dose of wisdom or honesty. But these poems are not about suffering. They're intended to reach us and stricken friends by holding out a picture of the grace of ordinary life. Above all, this eclectic anthology, including works from Raymond Carver, Emily Dickinson, Charles Simic, Billy Collins, Robert Frost, Kenneth Rexroth, and many more, fit Keillor's definition of “good”: memorable, beautifully worded, and accessible. They're not highbrow. They're not stuffy. But when hard times send us skidding into the meridian, the poems collected here are what we need them to be: just plain good.

Author Biography: Garrison Keillor is the host of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac and the author, most recently, of The New York Times bestseller Homegrown Democrat, as well as many bestselling Lake Wobegon novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786280742
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 12/28/2005
Series: Thorndike Core Series
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.78(h) x 1.01(d)

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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Those ready to whet their appetites would do well to start with Good Poems for Hard Times. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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Good Poems for Hard Times 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 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.
samfsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of poems that Keillor has used on his daily "Writer's Almanac." Poems for every mood.
LeHack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This will probably remain in a "currently reading" status. I love poetry. Some of the poems are light, candy to read. Some are humorous, then some are very moving. Overall a very pleasant collection.
realbigcat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Garrison Keillor and look forward to his daily show TYhe Writers Almanac. These poems come from the show and are a great collection of easily readable poems. A broad range of new poets and some classics mixed in as well. One of the best collections I ever read. I beleive this book would appeal to any poetry lover and maybe a few others. I read a few poems each day and I was sad when I got to the end. Hopefully there will be another volume coming out someday but you won't be dissapointed with this one.
brianfay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The beauty of this collection is that it is immediately readable but isn't so light that it doesn't bear re-reading. Beyond that, the selection of poets is strong and has lead me to more and more poets who are new to me(David Shumate, David Ignatow, and Debra Spencer) and it has sent me back to poets I already knew. Finally, it's a good collection for readers who don't usually read poetry. The organization lends itself to just reading and that is a quality all too lacking in most anthologies of poetry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet! I'm tired now..
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Very accurate! Well done!
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