And then, one morning as I was working out (stretching and yoga, mostly) to Garrison Keiller’s The Writer’s Almanac, I saw that he had a new poetry book.
I love to send my oldest son poetry every now and then, and this seemed like a great Christmas present. And then I decided that I wanted one for myself.
They were back ordered – pretty amazing. So the two books arrived after New Year’s Day. And then, reluctant to turn my brain back to work, I settled in on Saturday and read O, What a Luxury.
Garrison is a person of great variety – the subtitle is Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound. As indeed they are. My favorite chapter is Secondary Neurons of the Cerebral Promontory, which includes poems for Mozart and F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as Garrison’s Address to the Harvard Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Sanders Theatre, 2008. And which recommends to these learned persons – Go out and have a crisis.
The book is a treat. Go out and get hold of it!