The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins | Sunday, April 30, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring—         When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;         Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;         The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush         The descending blue; that... Read more »

The Neighborhood So Far by Ron Carlson | Saturday, April 29, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

If my heart is a house then it stands on your street in the little village where you are paperboy, mailman, garbage collector, water meter reader, building inspector, vacuum cleaner salesman, UPS driver, yard crew, chimney sweep, window washer, tax assessor, magazine solicitor, census taker, snow shoveler, house painter, voyeur, door to door scam artist,... Read more »

Greeting to Spring (Not Without Trepidation) by Robert Lax | Friday, April 28, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Over the back of the Florida basker, over the froth of the Firth of Forth, Up from Tahiti and Madagascar, Lo, the sun walks north. The first bright day makes sing the slackers While leaves explode like firecrackers, The duck flies forth to greet the spring And sweetly municipal pigeons sing. Where the duck quacks,... Read more »

The Necessary Brevity of Pleasures by Samuel Hazo | Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Prolonged, they slacken into pain    or sadness in accordance with the law    of apples.             One apple satisfies. Two apples cloy.                      Three apples    glut.          Call it a tug-of-war between enough and more    than enough, between sufficiency    and greed, between the stay-at-homers    and globe-trotting see-the-worlders. Like lovers seeking heaven in excess,    the hopelessly insatiable forget    how passion... Read more »