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The Occasional Poem

Friday, July 21, 2006

In honour of the fact I’ve been feeling poetry-ish lately, I’ve decided to take a page out of Garrison Keillor’s book — literally. Keillor is an American writer/humourist best known for a couple of public radio shows — A Prairie Home Companion (the subject of the recent Robert Altman movie of the same name, also staring Keillor), and The Writer’s Almanac, a short segment broadcast every morning in which Keillor reads a single poem and then talks about it for a bit.

Due to the facts that I don’t know anyone who listens to American public radio and people in general don’t have enough poetry in their lives, I’m starting a new, similar segment here at The Culturatti entitled The Occasional Poem. Every once in a while I’ll throw a poem up here and then give you the rundown on it. Hopefully it will inspire some discussion. I’ll pulling the poems from a variety of places — the couple of anthologies I picked up in university (which alone have enough material to last for years), Keillor’s collection Good Poems, which is a compilation from Writer’s Almanac, and various other places I may run into some good poetry. Or bad poetry — if something deserves to be destroyed it will be.

The Occasional Poem Archive

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