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On a daily basis humans track in to The Writer's Almanac on public radio and listen Garrison Keillor learn them a poem. And the following, for the 1st time, is an anthology of poems from the exhibit, 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 someone has to house at 7 a.m."

Good Poems comprises verse approximately fanatics, childrens, failure, way of life, loss of life, and transcendance. It positive aspects the paintings of vintage poets, similar to Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, in addition to the paintings of up to date greats akin to Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald corridor, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds. it is a ebook of poems for anyone who loves poetry whether or not they are aware of it or now not.

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This, we stated, was once our lifestyles, watched over, allowed to head the place we would have liked. We stated we’d come again it slow after we obtained wealthy. We’d depart the others and locate an evening like this, no matter what we needed to provide, and irrespective of how some distance, to be so satisfied back. from Moby Dick Herman Melville name me Ishmael. a few years ago—never brain how lengthy precisely—having very little funds in my handbag, and not anything specific to curiosity me on shore, i presumed i'd sail a couple of little and notice the watery a part of the realm. it's a manner i've got of riding off the spleen and regulating the flow. every time i locate myself transforming into grim concerning the mouth; at any time when it's a damp, drizzly November in my soul; every time i locate myself involuntarily pausing prior to coffin warehouses, and citing the rear of each funeral I meet; and particularly every time my hypos get such an higher hand of me, that it calls for a robust ethical precept to avoid me from intentionally getting into the road, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it excessive time to get to sea once i will. Rain shuttle W S. Merwin I wake at midnight and have in mind it's the morning while i have to begin on my own at the trip I lie hearing the black hour ahead of sunrise and also you are nonetheless asleep beside me whereas round us the bushes packed with evening lean hushed of their dream that bears us up asleep and wide awake then I listen drops falling one after the other into the sightless leaves and that i don't know after they all started yet unexpectedly there's no sound yet rain and the circulation under us roaring away into the dashing darkness the place we're Gerald Locklin (for edwilrd box) i envy these who stay in areas: long island, say, and london; wales and spain; l. a. and paris; hawaii and switzerland. there's continually the anticipation of the switch, the opportunity that what's wrong is the results of the place you're. i've got continually enjoyed either the freshness of arriving and the relaxation of leaving. with houses each stream will be a homecoming. i'm really not even contemplating the elements, scorching or chilly, dry or rainy: i'm speaking approximately desire. Excelsior Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The colors of evening have been falling quick, As via an Alpine village handed A early life, who bore, ‘mid snow and ice, A banner with the unusual machine, Excelsior! His forehead used to be unhappy; his eye underneath Flashed like a falchion from its sheath, and prefer a silver clarion rung The accents of that unknown tongue, Excelsior! In satisfied houses he observed the sunshine Of loved ones fires gleam hot and brilliant; Above, the spectral glaciers shone, And from his lips escaped a groan, Excelsior! “Try now not the cross! ” the outdated guy stated; “Dark lowers the tempest overhead, The roaring torrent is deep and vast! ” And loud that clarion voice answered, Excelsior! “Oh stay,” the maiden acknowledged, “and relaxation Thy weary head upon this breast! ” A tear stood in his vivid blue eye, yet nonetheless he spoke back, with a sigh, Excelsior! “Beware the pine-tree’s withered department! pay attention the grim avalanche!

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