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Each day humans song in to The Writer's Almanac on public radio and listen Garrison Keillor learn them a poem. And right here, for the 1st time, is an anthology of poems from the convey, selected by way of Keillor for his or her wit, their frankness, their ardour, their "utter readability within the face of every little thing else an individual has to accommodate at 7 a.m."

Good Poems contains verse approximately fans, young children, failure, lifestyle, demise, and transcendance. It gains the paintings of vintage poets, akin to Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, in addition to the paintings of latest greats reminiscent of Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald corridor, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds. it is a publication of poems for anyone who loves poetry whether or not they understand it or now not.

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Notwithstanding noonday shadows are assembling doom, The solar is still while I bear in mind them; And dying, if it may come, needs to fall like quiet snow from such transparent skies. mins we snatched from the unkind winds Are grown into daffodils through the sea’s aspect, mocking its eco-friendly miseries; but I search you hourly nonetheless, over a brand new Atlantis loneliness, blind As a stressed needle held by means of the consistent north we continuously take into account. at the energy of All Conviction and the Stamina of affection Jennifer Michael Hecht occasionally i believe lets have long past on. we all. attempting. eternally. yet they didn’t fill the wilderness with pyramids. they simply outfitted a few. a few. They’re now not nonetheless available in the market, development them now. every body, in every single place, will get up, and is going domestic. but we must never Diabolize time. correct? We must never curse the passage of time. The Loft Richard Jones I lay on her mattress whereas she opened home windows so shall we see the river and the factories past. Afternoon gentle falling fantastically into the room, she burned candles, incense, speaking quietly as I listened— I, who conspired to make this take place, weaving an internet of phrases that held this second at its middle. What may I say now? that i'm a guy empty of hope? She stood beside the mattress, taking a look down at me as though she have been dreaming, as though I have been a dream, as though she too had come to the ultimate shore of longing. I lay, calm as a lake reflecting the nothingness of overdue summer time sky. Then she spoke— she stated my identify— and that i, who didn't love her, opened my palms. this can be simply to Say William Carlos Williams i've got eaten the plums that have been in the icebox and which you have been most likely saving for breakfast Forgive me they have been scrumptious so candy and so chilly this is often simply to Say Erica-Lynn Gambino (for William Carlos Williams) i've got simply requested you to get out of my house even supposing you by no means idea i might Forgive me you have been using me insane Venetian Air Thomas Moore Row lightly the following, my gondolier; so softly wake the tide, That now not an ear on the earth may perhaps listen, yet hers to whom we drift. Had Heaven yet tongues to talk, in addition to starry eyes to work out, Oh! imagine what stories ‘twould need to inform of wandering youths like me! Now leisure thee the following, my gondolier; hush, hush, for up i am going, To climb yon mild balcony’s top, whereas thou keep‘st watch lower than. Ah! did we take for Heaven above yet part such pains as we Take day and evening for woman’s love, what angels we should always be! summer season Morning Louis Simpson there are entire blocks in manhattan the place nobody lives— A district of small factories. And there’s a lodge; one morning while i used to be there with a woman We observed within the window contrary women and men operating at their machines. every now and then one regarded up. Toys, hardware—whatever their made, It’s been tired. I’m fifteen years older myself— undesirable years and sturdy. So i've got spoiled my possibilities. For what? Sheer laziness, the fun of an assignation, My lifestyles that I carry in mystery.

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