Wobegon poets

A prairie poem companion

Garrison Keillor’s latest book is a collection of poems selected from the ones he has read on his daily five-minute showThe Writer’s Almanac,” which airs on public radio. These are poems, he says, that can make peoplestop chewing their toasted muffins and turn up the radio.” The range extends from classics (Shakespeare, Auden, Yeats) to a host of delightful discoveries among contemporary writers such as Hayden Carruth, Raymond Carver, Lisel Mueller and Donald Hall. Keillor is a powerful reciter of varied kinds of poetry, as we discovered when we heard him give a reading in Chicago as part of a recent book tour. That event also gave us the chance to ask him some questions.


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