The Writer's Almanac
Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.
The circus train made an ice cream stop At the fifty-two-flavor ice cream stand. The animals all got off the train And walked right up to the ice cream man. “I’ll take Vanilla,” yelled the gorilla. “I’ll take Chocolate,” shouted the ocelot. “I’ll take the Strawberry,” chirped the canary. “Rocky Road,” croaked the toad. “Lemon... Read more »
for Hannah It was the one tangible you brought home from the city, an armful of instrument, bellows and keys and buttons and a smell of antique lubrication, and a sound that poured undiminished through solid walls. You sat in your chair with its straps around your shoulders teaching yourself to play, determined to do... Read more »
I keep telling you, I’m not a feminist. I grew up an only child on a ranch, so I drove tractors, learned to ride. When the truck wouldn’t start, I went to town for parts. The man behind the counter told me I couldn’t rebuild a carburetor. I could: every carburetor on the place. That’s... Read more »
Ninety billion galaxies in this one tiny universe— a billion seconds make thirty-two years. No matter how many ways we conceive it, this generous wedge called Ursa Major more than fills my sight. But now, as I turn to put out the lights and give my dog her bedtime cookie, my eyes become the handle... Read more »
The first time my mother went out to eat was on her 25th wedding anniversary at Scordato’s in Paterson, and the second time was for her 50th anniversary at the Iron Kettle House in Wyckoff. My mother said, “I could have cooked this meal better myself.” But I knew she was happy, though she would... Read more »
There is something soothing about the scrape of a rake, the rhythmic process of pulling dead leaves, bending to pick them up, dumping them in curbside lawn bags, something soothing about the way the sun warms your hair one of these last seventy-degree days as you labor past soreness in your arms, until you forget... Read more »