Monday, April 09, 2012

Garrison Keillor: He does good work

Image linked from Wikipedia bio on Keillor

Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion has done more to encourage my love and knowledge of poetry than any other person. I owe him a debt of gratitude for an expanded life. His "Good Poems" books are generous and delightful collections of poems all of us should know and read often. In his public radio program, The Writers Almanac, Keillor consistently presents solid, accessible poetry. The spot is transcribed and accessible online or via email. It is an email subscription I enjoy daily.

Besides a poem, Keillor includes one or two background pieces on writers or other famous individuals. Today's Almanac struck me as particularly poignant. A poem about so much more than aging, "Old Guys" by Wesley McNair and a piece about the surrender at Appomattox which ended the Civil War.

I recommend it to you. A brief journey into history, even emotion, that will leave you better for having visited. Click here to read or listen.

Garrison Keillor is added as gift 261 as I continue naming 1,000 gifts in 2012.

Question: What public figure has expanded your life?

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