There Was an Old Man of St. Paul

The Luxury of Limericks
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
Genre: Humor, Poetry
Original Publish Date: Oct 15, 2019
Product Number: EB00777625
Released: Oct 22, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802146229
Publisher: Grove Press
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Edward Lear made the form popular for children, and Anon wrote the great dirty limericks, and Garrison Keillor does both while pushing the limerick envelope. E.g. Here is a yawp for old Walt Whitman, who's well worth his salt Though sometimes he'll slip And just let her rip And say: "Camerados! What is this blade of grass? Who am I? Who are you?" And you have to say HALT. Of course he deals in the vulgar. And the semi-salacious: Chopin wrote a lovely etude That, when performed in the nude By a mademoiselle Who plays fairly well Can certainly uplift the mood. Many are educational, including his 26-limerick abecedary for English majors. And also: The Confederate general Bob E. Lee Committed treason quite freely And General Grant Beat him up cause you can't Attack federal troops...I mean really. He's written limericks in honor of friends, members of the New York Philharmonic, his daughter's teachers, a quintuple for Emily Dickinson, and one for his ophthalmologist. My eye surgeon, good Dr. Khanna, Looked through her eyepiece down on a Novelist's retina Who thought he was gettin' a Vision of the blessed Madonna. Woven through the verses are terse reflections on daily life, work, faith, and the old man of St. Paul whose office was a toilet stall.

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