The Writer's Almanac

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

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Thinking about the Past by Donald Justice | Thursday, November 26, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Certain moments will never change, nor stop being— My mother’s face all smiles, all wrinkles soon; The rock wall building, built, collapsed then, fallen; Our upright loosening downward slowly out of tune— All fixed into place now, all rhyming with each other. That red-haired girl with wide mouth—Eleanor— Forgotten thirty years—her freckled shoulders, hands. The... Read more »

On Reaching the Age of Two Hundred by Donald Hall | Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When I awoke on the morning of my two hundredth birthday, I expected to be consulted by supplicants like the Sibyl at Cumae. I could tell them something. Instead, it was the usual thing: dried grapefruit for breakfast, Mozart all morning, interrupted by bees’ wings, and making love with a woman one hundred and eighty-one... Read more »