The Writer's Almanac

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

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Ode to the Joyful Ones by Thomas Lux | Friday, May 19, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

          Shield your joyful ones.                     —from an Anglican prayer That they walk, even stumble, among us is reason to praise them, or protect them—even the sound of a lead slug dropped on a lead plate, even that, for them, is music. Because they bring laughter’s brief amnesia. Because they stand, talking, taking pleasure in others, with... Read more »

Excerpt from “The Prelude” by William Wordsworth | Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When from our better selves we have too long Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop, Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, How gracious, how benign is Solitude! —Hermit Deep in the bosom of the Wilderness; Votary (in vast Cathedral, where no foot Is treading and no other face is seen) Kneeling... Read more »