The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Like the New Moon I Will Live My Life by Robert Bly | Friday, July 03, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When your privacy is beginning over, How beautiful the things are that you did not notice before! A few sweetclover plants Along the road to Bellingham, Culvert ends poking out of driveways, Wooden corncribs, slowly falling, What no one loves, no one rushes towards or shouts about, What lives like the new moon, And the... Read more »

Two Birds in the Evening by Brendan Galvin | Wednesday, July 01, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When that oriole whistled from the orchard it seemed to be frankly asking, You got a problem with that? Its orange and black was brash as a high-school letter sweater. No problem, no problem, except it seemed like Saturday night under the old Rialto’s marquee again. At least until a rubythroat running a quality-control check... Read more »

Down By the Salley Gardens by William Butler Yeats | Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Down by the salley gardens       my love and I did meet; She passed the salley gardens       with little snow-white feet. She bid me take love easy,       as the leaves grow on the tree; But I, being young and foolish,       with her would not agree. In a field by the river       my love and I did... Read more »