Living with Limericks

Living with Limericks

by Garrison Keillor


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Radio personality and author Garrison Keillor delights and astounds in this hybrid memoir/poetry collection that combines anecdotes from his childhood and his "A Prairie Home Companion" years with literary limericks, darkly humorous limericks, extended limericks (aka limericks with porches), and so much more.

Limericks are the poems that can be written in the empty spaces between life, Keillor posits, and this compact book illustrates the full range of the form's utility: thank-you notes to doctors, odes to "Prairie Home" performers, postcard greetings from exotic places, succinct biographies of favorite writers, and scribbles in the margins of Sunday church programs. Readers who have always pined for the perfect limerick hinging on the place name "Schenectady" will at long last be placated. Meanwhile, longtime Keillor fans will gain insight into a whole new side of the bestselling author, whose obsession with limericks goes all the way back to when the bespectacled, lanky youth wearing hand-me-down jeans (from his sister) recited to his Anoka High School class:

There was a young man of Anoka

Who tried to write a great limerick.

He tried and he tried

And some were not bad,

But something seemed to be missing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733074513
Publisher: Prairie Home Productions
Publication date: 11/15/2019
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 785,763
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

August 7, 1942

Place of Birth:

Anoka, Minnesota


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

Table of Contents

  1. From Whence It Came
  2. A Young Man Tried to Distinguish Himself with a Major in English
  3. Returning to Form
  4. Innovation
  5. The Limerick Life
  6. Reverence
  7. The Sunday Limerick
  8. Greetings
  9. Heroes
  10. Birthing
  11. Immortality
  12. Travels
  13. Me and Emily
  14. The Necessity of Limerick Revival
  15. Limericks of Lit
  16. Light Verse on Dark Subjects
  17. Don’t Forget Flatulence, of Course
  18. Limericks of Love
  19. A Very Clear Dream
  20. Perversity
  21. Permanence
  22. There Is an Old Man So Obsessed
  23. Weaponization
  24. Freddy Keillor, 2000–2017
  25. The Old Man
  26. Postlude

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