Reviews for Good Poems

AudioFile Reviews 2003 April/May
Fifty poems, nineteen readers, and the definition of a Good Poem create an audiobook so good one is torn between generously lending it to friends and never taking it out of the car for fear of being stuck in traffic without it. This enjoyable collection offers hours of resonant voices and images. Gems include a vibrant and enthusiastic reading of Whitman's "Song of Myself" by Allen Ginsberg, and Roy Blount, Jr., rhapsodizing about onions in his succulent Georgia drawl. The reliable, endearing voice of Garrison Keillor transcends his Minnesotan persona to take on the voices of a range of poets, from Robert Burns to Marge Piercy. Brief interludes of piano music provide appropriate breaks for trying to decide which poem is your new favorite. R.F. 2003 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine

BookPage Reviews 2003 April
Sukey's favorite

April alone is designated as Poetry Month, but it's a shame we don't celebrate poetry every day of every month. Garrison Keillor has tried to do just that with The Writer's Almanac which offers NPR listeners a poem a day. Now, with his signature Midwestern modesty, Keillor has selected 218 of these poems in a wonderful, wonderfully accessible collection he calls Good Poems. Most are better than good, often with epiphanies both soft and startling, that illuminate shadows, make you laugh and cry, and turn ordinary moments and thoughts into the stuff of eternity. Keillor reads many of the poems himself, though you'll hear Billy Collins, Roy Blount, Jr., Allen Ginsberg and Sharon Olds, among others. And you'll hear modern masterpieces including Raymond Carver, W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop—alongside the classics—Robert Burns, Shakespeare, Donne, Dickinson, Whitman, Blake and many more. Copyright 2003 BookPage Reviews

Library Journal Reviews 2003 March #1
The poems here grew out of Garrison Keillor's daily five-minute radio show, The Writer's Almanac. In his introduction, Keillor compares reading a poem on the radio to reading in a high school cafeteria, with radio itself as a backdrop to the listener's life. But, he says, there are some poems that make you stop and turn up the volume, and those are what he's collected here. It's a very eclectic selection, intertwining Shakespeare, Robert Burns, and Emily Dickinson with contemporary poets, many of whom might be unfamiliar even to avid poetry listeners. The poems are arranged by theme, with perfect segues from one to the next, no subject (including excrement) taboo. Contemporary poets who read their own works and those of others include Allen Ginsberg, Robert Bly, Donald Hall, and Sharon Olds. There's a small booklet included, listing title, writer, and reader; there's also an extremely useful list of acknowledgements, so listeners can seek out the books from which these poems were extracted. Make no mistake-Keillor's name, his reading of several poems, and his endorsement is a step up for poetry. With poet Dana Goia heading the National Endowment for the Arts and poet Edward Hirsch heading the Guggenheim Foundation, poetry is suddenly attracting attention, and this program should attract listeners anxious to understand more about the art form. It will not disappoint.-Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Reviews 2014 August #1

Poetry, here selected by Audie favorite Keillor, that was meant to be heard and enjoyed. Read by Keillor and a cast of poets.

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