The Writer's Almanac
Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.
We’re thirteen, almost fourteen, And so much in love We want the years to pass— Clouds roll at super speed, rains fall, Flowers unfold and die at the snap Of our fingers. I want to stuff sand Through a fat hourglass, And rip the pages from the calendar. Let me blow candles from my cake.... Read more »
There’s no doubt it’s the most glamorous, the one you reach for first—its luscious gloss. Russian Roulette, First Dance, Apéritif, Cherry Pop. For three days, your nails are a Ferris wheel, a field of roses, a flashing neon Open sign. Whatever you’re wearing feels like a tight dress and your hair tousles like Marilyn’s on... Read more »
Out of your whole life give but a moment! All of your life that has gone before, All to come after it,—so you ignore, So you make perfect the present, —condense, In a rapture of rage, for perfection’s endowment, Thought and feeling and soul and sense— Merged in a moment which gives me at last... Read more »
My father doesn’t say ghost, though I know he’s haunted. Instead he says, When they let Uncle Marion out of that hospital, he didn’t even move the same. He said they tried to take his stories. He loves his fifteen uncles fiercely. Nearly all of them drank, did time in prison or mental hospitals, died... Read more »
Watched, captivating, he swims to the rocky shelf and berths a beat before pushing off with plate-sized foot, belly up, yellow head plowing a watery furrow. He soaks. A forepaw backstrokes the water once, idly, but with force enough to speed his streamlined bulk across the dole of open sea he’s fathomed utterly. He dives... Read more »
She is twelve now, the door to her room closed, telephone cord trailing the hallway in tight curls. I stand at the dryer, listening through the thin wall between us, her voice rising and falling as she describes her new life. Static flies in brief blue stars from her socks, her hairbrush in the morning.... Read more »