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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802121616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802121615
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #619,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Garrison Keillor: "Keillor is very clearly a genius. His range and stamina alone are incredible . . . he has the genuine wisdom of a Cosby or Mark Twain." --"Slate" "America's foremost humorist and social pundit . . . Keillor's running commentary about the human condition has the uncanny ability to home in on the pulse of America." --"PBS" "Keillor has a way of reconciling seeming contradictions. A purveyor of all things folksy and down-home, he is a highly cultivated, worldly man." --"AARP"

About the Author

Garrison Keillor lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of A Prairie Home Companion, his radio show that has been on the air since 1974. He is the author of many books including the Lake Wobegon novels, and he edits the Good Poems anthologies. He is a contributor to the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Salon.com. In 2006, he wrote the screenplay for the film A Prairie Home Companion, directed by Robert Altman.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Another GK must have Nov. 13 2013
By CB1966 - Published on Amazon.com
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As with all Garrison Keillor works, this book is a must have for seeing life a bit more on the light side. Garrison has an extraordinary way of helping us see the importance of finding the humor in our everyday lives. This collection of poems is a great work for the sofa or bedside table. The poems can be read and reread. Garrison writes with such color.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
poems Oct. 24 2013
By N. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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I like Garrison Keillor's writing, and this poetry book is not a disappointment. His wit and humor are evident throughout.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun poems, and yes, some are delightly vulgar, if not lyrically perfect. Oct. 30 2013
By Thomas Schumacher - Published on Amazon.com
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Keillor's longevity as a story teller and writer, is in part that he can keep pushing against the edges of aging, judgmental thinking, and out-and-out prude hood. This is what draws nervous laughter from his audiences of his radio shows and readers of his verse/stories. Freud would be impressed that there are still, in our sociopathic world, enough psychoneurotic reactions to fuel our laughter and act as a source of (generally) guiltless fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ode to Garrison Keillor March 15 2015
By Earl Owen Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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Ode to Garrison Keillor

I feel bad the writers almanac gives my head hurt
Or that tales of Lake Wibegog I work to avert
Because it could have quite possibly,
with me being cautiously,
simply on policy,
caused me to avoid "O,What a luxury"

Now, in light of this work, I must confess,
That towards said author I must reassess
How I've viewed (negatively) his dialectics and discursions,
and perhaps re-evaluate my earlier assertions.

"O, What a Luxury", is clever and amusing,
and witty, and smart, and fun for perusing.
So ignore any diatribe proclaiming non-fun-ity,
in reading Keillors so interesting poetry.

For myself, I've been wrong,
that old bag has quite a song,
and perhaps I'll listen closer tomorrow, at 6:30 when he's on,
and rethink my old conclusions foregone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant! Feb. 24 2014
By L. M. Fox - Published on Amazon.com
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What can I say except Garrison Keillor is a national treasure. His title is true. I have found some of the verse absolutely laugh out loud...for instance "Psalm". But, reading through this volume has been a positive joy.