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Smoke from This Altar by [L'Amour, Louis]
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"When one sees that Louis L'Amour is six feet tall and views his 185 pounds of bone and muscle, one is inclined to agree with [critic] Walt Mills who one expressed surprise that one who could polish off an opponent in the prize ring could also polish off a sonnet of startling beauty."

So read the sales brochure for Smoke From This Altar, a book that has become legendary among Louis L'Amour readers--the very first book he ever published. It appeared, to great critical praise, for sale only in Oklahoma bookstores more than fifty years ago. Since then it has become the most sought-after L'Amour title of all, with the few circulating copies from the small print run commanding top dollar from rare book collectors. Now, at last, it is being published nationally in this beautiful keepsake Bantam edition.

It was in Smoke From This Altar that L'Amour first gave public voice to his now-celebrated spirit of wanderlust. Like the short stories in his classic, million-copy-selling Yondering, and his best-selling memoir Education Of A Wandering Man, the poems in this book are inspired by his experiences and memories of his journeys across oceans and continents. It is vintage L'Amour storytelling--in verse--about nature, the land, and the people who loved and braved it.

Smoke From This Altar begins with a newly written introduction by his wife Kathy in which she discusses the special place this work has held in the L'Amours' lives. In concludes with twenty previously uncollected L'Amour poems selected by his family.

Impassioned, adventurous, heroic, and humorous, Smoke From This Altar is unique L'Amour writing, to be read and enjoyed again and again.

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Smoke From This Altar, a book that has become legendary among Louis L'Amour readers, is the very first book L'Amour ever published. It appeared, to great critical praise, for sale only in Oklahoma bookstores more than fifty years ago. Since then it has become the most sought-after L'Amour title of all, with the few circulating copies from the small print run commanding top dollar from rare book collectors. Now, at last, it is being published nationally in this beautiful keepsake Bantam edition.

It was in Smoke From This Altar that L'Amour first gave public voice to his now-celebrated spirit of wanderlust. Like the short stories in his classic, million-copy-selling Yondering, and his best-selling memoir Education of a Wandering Man, the poems in this book are inspired by his experiences and memories of his journeys across oceans and continents. It is vintage L'Amour storytelling--in verse--about nature, the land, and the people who loved and braved it.

Smoke From This Altar begins with a newly written introduction by his wife Kathy in which she discusses the special place this work has held in the L'Amours' lives. In concludes with twenty previously uncollected L'Amour poems selected by his family.

Impassioned, adventurous, heroic, and humorous, Smoke From This Altar is unique L'Amour writing, to be read and enjoyed again and again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4548 KB
  • Print Length: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (May 29, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BH5I0W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I first bought this collection of poems years ago, because I am a fan of Louis L'Amour (at the time I wasn't so much a fan of poetry). I didn't remember much of it when I picked it up again to reread it, but I am impressed. L'Amour was quite a capable poet. There are many good poems in this collection that you really won't see elsewhere.
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My original favorite poet was Robert Frost. I still love selected poems of his, but he has faded in my esteem as i explored more of his and other people's poetry. I discovered that Louis L'amour had a book of poetry at some point some years back, and being a huge fan of his fiction I just had to try it out. I was not disappointed. I have now read through the book about five times, and still love the way he writes poems. Of course, long before I knew he had written poetry, I told people he was a poet in prose form because of the eloquence of his westerns and other novels. When he wrote of something you could see the sights and feel the emotions. His poetry follows in that as well. If you like poetry, buy this book. You'll never regret it. Mr L'amour long ago bumped Mr. Frost a notch lower on my list. I place "Smoke From This Altar" on a par with Longfellow any day. Maybe better.
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Most people know L'Amour as a strictly Western writer. However, I have owned this book of poetry for about 6 or 7 years, and it continues to amaze me. The variety of poetical styles is impressive. There are humorous anecdotes in poem form, love poems, and haunting poems of wanderlust. Naturally, there are a lot of poems addressing wanderlust, seeing as it was a driving force in L'Amour's life. This collection is highly worthwhile if you are a L'Amour fan, and even if you are not.
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Don't take my word for it. Go check out a copy from the library. Then go buy one for yourself. And another copy for someone you love. And another two or three for your literate friends.

Calling LL a "Western" writer is a disservice and this collection is definitive proof of his versatility and ability.
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I'm a huge fan of the late Louis L'Amour. I've read about 20 of his westerns and at least 5 of his other novels (Yes he wrote much more than westerns). Almost all 5 stars ...see my reviews.

I'm not super big into poetry as in two literature classes I was forced to speak/analyse poems. I didn't like that.

However I enjoyed L'Amour's book of poems. Smoke From This Altar was his first book before he became a well known author. For a time this book was hard to get as it was only published in Oklahoma and only a few book stores kept it...not many copies. Later after L'Amour became one of America's greatest authors Bantam published Smoke From This Altar for national distribution. His wife Kathy had several more of his poems put in the back that were not published in the original book. That was nice of her.

The book is only 78 pages and the reader can read it in one day. I did, but plan to keep the book in my car or near my Kayak so I can read a poem of his when I have a few minutes of time and want to relate a poem to what I am going. Most of his poems can be read in a minute or less. Here is a book you can read dozens of times and enjoy his poems again and again.

Smoke from This Altar has different kinds of poems some short, some longer, some sad, happy and some thought provoking. There were 56 poems in this 78 page book. Louis L'Amour left home at 15 and had an extremely interesting life and visited many countries and had different occupations including being a professional boxer and a seaman. Some of his poems are bases on these experiences.

I liked most of his sea poems...5 stars as I was in the Navy and had a small sail boat. I could relate to them.
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I never liked liked poetry until this book. Only Louis could do it!
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I have just gotten into poetry, and louis lamore is one of y too two favorite writers, so naturally I had to see if he had a book of poetry. I was not disappointed with this at all. There were a few poems I didn't like, but for the most part, I thought they were all very well written. My favorite one, not sure of the exact name, is "handful of stars" or something like that.

I highly recommend this book of poetry, just like his novels, his poems (mostly) speak of adventure and wandering the open road. I found many of these poems very stirring.
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I picked this up in a used bookstore a few months ago and have not put it down since. I love poetry and read it everyday, and this has become my favorite book of poems.

Keep in mind most of these poems were written when L'Amour was a young man our traveling the world, long before he became the revered storyteller of his later years. And with that in perspective, it only makes the work more impressive.

If you're intimidated by poetry or just "don't get it," this is a good volume to start with. It's not "high brow" poetry in the old English sense. It won't send you to the dictionary every other word. But it will take you to distant lands aboard ships and ports of call, and it will call to you on the inside like all great poetry does. In short it will move you.

If you love L'Amour's novels, do give this little volume of poems a try. Even if he'd not become the popular writer he was, this work would stand on its own.
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