O, What a Luxury — 2013

Original Publish Date: October 1, 2013

Read poems from O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound:

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From the Publisher:
Although he has edited several anthologies of his favorite poems, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound forges a new path for Garrison Keillor, as a poet of light verse. He writes — with his characteristic combination of humor and insight — on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion, and other facets of daily life. Keillor’s verses are charming and playful, locating sublime song within the humdrum of being human.

These poems are about places — Kansas, Sunset Boulevard, Seattle (“everything is uphill in Seattle”), Minnesota, Manhattan (“If the Oyster Bar is fresh out of oysters/ We’ll take the subway up to the Cloisters”) — fatherhood (“That old man in the garage once let loose a great barrage”), and odes to Mozart, onion soup, plumbers, the importance of honking your own horn, and the Republican lady from Knoxville who bought her brassieres by the boxful.

And of course love:
“Love is the universal sport
The night is dark and life is short
The heart is open, always willing,
The touch of skin is so fulfilling.
Darling, when I look at you
Touch is push and push is shove
I’m in love.”

Writing

Books

A complete lists of works, including sample excerpts

Columns

From the New York Times, Time magazine, and the complete Chicago Tribune syndicated columns

Prose

Stories from The New Yorker and other magazines and a few lectures

Sonnets

Sonnets of praise, some erotic, some lamentations, and some street sonnets

Verse

Poems on topics both serious and not-so-serious

Video

Videos from readings, interviews, solo shows and more

Radio

Albums

A complete list of radio and audiobook collections, with audio samples

Audio

Speeches, interviews, readings and other audio clips

Songs

Audio and lyrics for songs featured on A Prairie Home Companion.

The News from Lake Wobegon

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Read poems from O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound:

Purchase from Common Good Books →


From the Publisher:
Although he has edited several anthologies of his favorite poems, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound forges a new path for Garrison Keillor, as a poet of light verse. He writes — with his characteristic combination of humor and insight — on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion, and other facets of daily life. Keillor’s verses are charming and playful, locating sublime song within the humdrum of being human.

These poems are about places — Kansas, Sunset Boulevard, Seattle (“everything is uphill in Seattle”), Minnesota, Manhattan (“If the Oyster Bar is fresh out of oysters/ We’ll take the subway up to the Cloisters”) — fatherhood (“That old man in the garage once let loose a great barrage”), and odes to Mozart, onion soup, plumbers, the importance of honking your own horn, and the Republican lady from Knoxville who bought her brassieres by the boxful.

And of course love:
“Love is the universal sport
The night is dark and life is short
The heart is open, always willing,
The touch of skin is so fulfilling.
Darling, when I look at you
Touch is push and push is shove
I’m in love.”

Writing

The Big Snapper slouches toward Cleveland

Back when I went to college to become a Great Author, I tried to be smarter than I actually was and so greatness eluded me and here I am, a newspaperman, sitting at a battered Underwood, my porkpie hat low over my eyes, smoke curling up from a Lucky Strike hanging on my lower lip, […]

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This next president better be president for everyone

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Think moving abroad will save you from Trump? Think again.

After Tuesday’s voting, several folks I know are talking about leaving the country if and when the Great White Snapping Turtle is elected president, and of course Canada is the favored destination: English-language predominant, handsome young progressive prime minister, socialized medicine, nonstop air connections — plus parallel geography of rockbound East, Midwestern prairies and Western […]

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I never wanted to be known for longevity
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April

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The Keillor Reader — 2014

The Keillor Reader — 2014

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The Keillor Reader — Introduction

The Keillor Reader — Introduction

I started out with No. 2 pencil and pads of paper, then acquired an Underwood manual typewriter with a faint f and a misshapen O. You had to poke the keys hard to make an impression. I set it on a maple desk in my bedroom, which looked out onto a cornfield across the road, and I wrote stories about tortured loners who stood at a distance from the crowd and observed their comings and goings with envy tinged with contempt.

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Books — Chronological

A list of published works

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When a man lives in one place for most of his life, he doesn’t need GPS. He is guided by memories of boyhood bike rides, the ever present Mississippi, and the undeniable power of rhubarb.

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Radio
The News from Lake Wobegon for April 30, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 30, 2016

“It’s been rainy here this last week and a little chilly but now there’s this fine green haze in the trees overhead and the flowers are blooming.” Senator K. Thorvaldson returns from Florida and has some driving troubles, Florian and Myrtle Krebsbach argue about their living situation, and their son Carl miraculously reels in a monster carp.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 23, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 23, 2016

“Suddenly the world has turned and now there’s this great profusion of flowers. We’ve had warm weather, up in the 70s and the magnolias are blooming, the daffodils, and the tulips, and the crocuses, and the wild ginger, and all of it.” The Berger boy joins a band called The Brass Monkeys, Earl and Ruby Dickmeier create the World’s Largest Ball of Baggies after the World’s Largest Pile of Burlap Bags catches fire, and Maureen gets the hiccups in the middle of Pastor Liz’s sermon.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 16, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 16, 2016

“It got warm there all of a sudden and you could smell the dirt again. The farmers were out in the field — still a little wet to be plowing.” Pastor Liz checks in on the town’s Norwegian bachelor farmers, the Lutheran Church council approves a new budget, the high school begins their production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ and Lena Bunsen plans to remarry at the age of 75.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 9, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 9, 2016

“It’s been raining and chilly out there, a little bit of snow now and then.” The host recalls memories of springtime conversations with his uncles and his early days as a writer, three pairs of loons take up residence on the lake now that the ice has melted, and Marv returns to teaching high school driver’s instruction classes after a winter break.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 2, 2016

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 2, 2016

“We’ve had wind and snow and rain and cold rain and a little snow, that melting snow, and then wind some more. It’s spring we know that now, even if it’s a little chilly.” Darlene has an epiphany while out for an Easter morning walk, Carl Krebsbach feeds a flock of Tundra Swans out on the lake, and Viola Tors attends a clothing-optional Lutheran church in Palm Beach.

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“We got a little snow out there this last week — six inches but we don’t care. We’re not shoveling. The shovel’s been put away. The snow plow is parked in the garage.” Spring comes to Lake Wobegon and town constables Gary and Leroy respond to a dispute at the Magendantz home, in a monologue from March 2011.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 5, 2016

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 27, 2016

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“It’s been warm out there. It’s been up in the 40s. You’re supposed to get your fishing shack in off the ice here pretty soon. A couple of them have already gone through the ice so time is passing on.” A strange flu bug hits the town, a man named Gene Ricketts visits from the Fargo Bible Institute to sell his book, and the host orders a few poetry books online while on pain pills.

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Spokane, WA

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May 15, 2016

Sunday

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Pittsburgh, PA

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A live performance with Richard Dworsky at Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Center for Performing Arts

May 16, 2016

Monday

8:00 p.m.

Glenside, PA

Glenside, PA

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at the Keswick Theatre

May 17, 2016

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May 19, 2016

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Elmira, NY

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Vienna, VA

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Atlanta, GA

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Press/Clips

Poems of Gratitude: The Fourth Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest

Garrison and Common Good Books are sponsoring a poetry contest! Pour your love onto the page, shape it well, and mail your love letter to Common Good Books before April 15 — fame and fortune could be yours.

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Blank on Blank — Garrison Keillor on Humor — December 15, 2015

Blank on Blank — Garrison Keillor on Humor — December 15, 2015

An animated short taken from Garrison’s 1994 interview with George Plimpton

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The National Press Club — 5/22/2015

The National Press Club — 5/22/2015

Garrison spoke at the National Press Club on May 22, 2015

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The Late Late Show — 6/4/2014

The Late Late Show — 6/4/2014

Garrison visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to discuss The Keillor Reader

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C-SPAN: 1999 Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner

C-SPAN: 1999 Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner

Garrison talks about civility in an address to the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C.

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CBS This Morning: 40 years of A Prairie Home Companion: Behind Garrison Keillor’s success

CBS This Morning: 40 years of A Prairie Home Companion: Behind Garrison Keillor’s success

Garrison chats with CBS This Morning about A Prairie Home Companion‘s 40th anniversary and his book The Keillor Reader

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AP: Keillor to celebrate 40 years on Lake Wobegon

AP: Keillor to celebrate 40 years on Lake Wobegon

Garrison discusses the 40th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion in an interview with the Associated Press

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The Keillor Reader — Press

The Keillor Reader — Press

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A Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary: Let’s Have a Party

A Prairie Home Companion returns to the Macalester campus for an anniversary celebration with three days of music, comedy, food, and festivities, July 4-6th.

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Love Letters: The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest

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