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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802121616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802121615
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Half the “Masters of the House” (of light verse) to whom Keillor dedicates this collection—Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Roger Miller—are great song lyricists, and Ogden Nash wrote, albeit as a sideline, rhymes for Kurt Weill, among others. Keillor has sung plenty of those bards’ works on A Prairie Home Companion; his guests on the show, more. Unsurprisingly, then, music permeates his comic verse, contributing the melody the words sometimes lack (Ira or Cole he ain’t quite, as he might admit). It’s full of out-and-out song parodies, such as “Home on the Plains (instead of ‘Range’),” “Nikolina” (same title as, wryer story than the Swedish American vaudeville standard of the same name), “Dark (not ‘Blue’) Skies,” and cleverest, perhaps, “Episcopalian,” to be sung to “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Besides tunefulness, formal variety abounds. Keillor writes excellent limericks, most not dirty, and while he wisely never essays Nash’s trademark, wildly irregular couplets, he often loosens meter to the point of blowsiness. As in his best-selling fiction, the subject matter is the (very funny) stuff of the lumpen-bourgeois blues. --Ray Olson

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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

More About the Author

Garrison Keillor is the bestselling author of Lake Wobegon Days, Happy To Be Here, Leaving Home, We Are Still Married, Radio Romance, The Book of Guys and Wobegon Boy (available in Penguin Audiobook). He is the host of A Prairie Home Companion on American public radio and a contributor to Time magazine. He lives in Wisconsin and New York City.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CB1966 on November 13, 2013
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Nelson on October 24, 2013
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Schumacher on October 30, 2013
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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.
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By Laura on July 5, 2014
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as always
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By Patti Mataxen on March 20, 2014
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Seems to be more like a bunch of poems and short stories, some are extremely funny and others are just plain weird. True Keiller style of writing.
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By L. M. Fox on February 24, 2014
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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.
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