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The Chambermaids in the Marriott in Midmorning by Maxine Kumin | Monday, August 21, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

are having a sort of coffee klatch as they clean calling across the corridors in their rich contraltos while luffing fresh sheets in the flickering gloom of the turgid passionate soaps they follow from room to room. In Atlanta they are black, young, with eloquent eyes. In Toledo white, middle-aged, wearing nurses’ shoes. In El... Read more »