The Writer's Almanac

Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.

Recent Episodes

Coming by Philip Larkin | Thursday, February 11, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

On longer evenings, Light, chill and yellow, Bathes the serene Foreheads of houses. A thrush sings, Laurel-surrounded In the deep bare garden, Its fresh-peeled voice Astonishing the brickwork. It will be spring soon, It will be spring soon — And I, whose childhood Is a forgotten boredom, Feel like a child Who comes on a... Read more »

A Quiet Life by Baron Wormser | Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

What a person desires in life     is a properly boiled egg. This isn’t as easy as it seems. There must be gas and a stove,     the gas requires pipelines, mastodon drills,     banks that dispense the lozenge of capital. There must be a pot, the product of mines     and furnaces and factories,     of dim early mornings... Read more »