The Writer's Almanac

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

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The Skylight by Seamus Heaney | Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

You were the one for skylights. I opposed Cutting into the seasoned tongue-and-groove Of pitch pine. I liked it low and closed, Its claustrophobic, nest-up-in-the-roof Effect. I liked the snuff-dry feeling, The perfect, trunk-lid fit of the old ceiling. Under there, it was all hutch and hatch. The blue slates kept the heat like midnight... Read more »

I heard a Fly buzz... by Emily Dickinson | Sunday, May 15, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I heard a Fly buzz—when I died— The Stillness in the Room Was like the Stillness in the Air— Between the Heaves of Storm— The Eyes around—had wrung them dry— And Breaths were gathering firm For that last Onset—when the King Be witnessed—in the Room— I willed my Keepsakes—signed away What portions of me be... Read more »

At the Feeder by Jane Kenyon | Thursday, May 12, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

First the Chickadees take their share, then fly to the bittersweet vine, where they crack open the seeds, excited, like poets opening the day’s mail. And the Evening Grosbeaks— those large and prosperous finches—resemble skiers with the latest equipment, bright yellow goggles on their faces. Now the Bluejay comes in for a landing, like a... Read more »