The Writer's Almanac

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

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Cucumber Fields Crossed by High Tension Wires by Thomas Lux | Thursday, August 18, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The high-tension spires spike the sky beneath which boys bend to pick from prickly vines the deep-sopped fruit, the rind’s green a green sunk in green. They part the plants’ leaves, reach into the nest, and pull out mother, father, fat Uncle Phil. The smaller yellow-green children stay, for now. The fruit goes in baskets... Read more »

Canning by Joyce Sutphen | Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

It’s what she does and what her mother did. It’s what I’d do if I were anything like her mother’s mother—or if the times demanded that I work in my garden, planting rows of beans and carrots, weeding the pickles and potatoes, picking worms off the cabbages.                                                  Today she’s canning tomatoes, which means there are... Read more »