Good Poems: American Places

Good Poems

From Garrison Keillor:

Good Poems, American Places. A generous selection of poems from The Writers Almanac in which poets express their love of American scenes —- Kenneth Rexroth in the High Sierras, May Swenson in New York, Maxine Kumin’s horse farm in New Hampshire, Jim Harrison on the Arizona desert, Barbara Hamby’s ode to hardware stores, road poems, poems about big cities and the vast plains and the ocean shore, including chapters entitled “Good Work,” “A Sort of Rapture,” “2x2x2,” “Out West,” and “On the Avenue.”

Garrison Keillor

From the Publisher

Another bestselling anthology from Garrison Keillor–beautiful verses rooted in the American landscape.

Garrison Keillor, the editor of Good Poems and Good Poems for Hard Times, host of The Writer’s Almanac, and all-around arbiter of fine American poetry, introduces another inspiring collection by a range of poets, some beloved favorites and others brash unknowns, organized by regions of America.

From Nantucket to Knoxville, Manhattan to Minnesota, the heart can be exalted anywhere. Think of these poems as postcards–from Billy Collins, Nikki Giovanni, William Carlos Williams, Naomi Shihab Nye, Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, and many more.

Like the previous Good Poems collections, this volume celebrates the high-spirited, the witty and antic and jazzy voice that in many ways defines the land of the free. Choosing poems full of humor, sharp insight, and warmth, Garrison Keillor once again makes good poetry accessible and immensely enjoyable.

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Garrison Keillor picks poems from Wobegon, beyond (News Chief)

Interview With Garrison Keillor on “Good Poems: American Places” (AARP)

Places evoke poetry (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Poems that go amazing places (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Listen to Readings

Driving West in 1970 by Robert Bly

The Sacred by Stephen Dunn

A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley by Allen Ginsberg

A Warm Summer in San Francisco by Carolyn Miller

Table of Contents

Each section of the book contains 10 to 30 poems.

On The Road
A Warm Summer
The Place Where We Were Naked
City Life
A Comforting Immensity
A Sort of Rapture
One the Avenue
Good Work
Out West
Show Business
Ocean Brine
Never Expected to be There

3 Doz Poems

77 Love Sonnets

English Major

Good Poem

Good Poems for Hard Times

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