The Writer's Almanac
Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.
This is not an emergency, I say when Mom picks up. She answers, Hold on, we’re getting a page. Two electronic tones, the call numbers that follow. As a teenager, I listened to the police scanner in our kitchen, taught myself the radio codes that told me where she was, what she was putting right.... Read more »
I saw the fox running by the side of the road past the turned-away brick faces of the condominiums past the Citco gas station with its line of cars and trucks and he ran, limping, gaunt, matted dull haired past Jim’s Pizza, past the Wash-O-Mat, past the Thai Garden, his sides heaving like bellows and... Read more »
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 »