The Writer's Almanac

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

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Wynken, Blinken and Nod by Eugene Field | Wednesday, September 02, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night      Sailed off in a wooden shoe,— Sailed on a river of crystal light      Into a sea of dew. “Where are you going, and what do you wish?”      The old moon asked the three. “We have come to fish for the herring-fish      That live in this beautiful sea;      Nets of... Read more »

Kissing Again by Dorianne Laux | Saturday, August 29, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Kissing again, after a long drought of not kissing-too many kids, bills, windows needing repair. Sex, yes, though squeezed in between the minor depths of anger, despair— standing up amid the laundry or fumbling onto the strip of rug between the coffee table and the couch. Quick, furtive, like birds. A dance on the wing,... Read more »