The Writer's Almanac
Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.
There’s a book called A Dictionary of Angels. No one had opened it in fifty years, I know, because when I did, The covers creaked, the pages Crumbled. There I discovered The angels were once as plentiful As species of flies. The sky at dusk Used to be thick with them. You had to wave... Read more »
An elephant herd of storm clouds trample overhead. The air vibrates electrically. The wind is rough as hide scraping my face. Longhaired rain occludes the pines. This storm seems personal. We crouch under the weight of the laden air, feeling silly to be afraid. Water comes sideways attacking the shingles. The skylight drips. We feel... Read more »
We finished clearing the last Section of trail by noon, High on the ridge-side Two thousand feet above the creek Reached the pass, went on Beyond the white pine groves, Granite shoulders, to a small Green meadow watered by the snow, Edged with Aspen—sun Straight high and blazing But the air was cool. Ate a... Read more »
She wore a new ‘terra-cotta’ dress, And we stayed, because of the pelting storm, Within the hansom’s dry recess, Though the horse had stopped; yea, motionless We sat on, snug and warm. Then the downpour ceased, to my sharp sad pain, And the glass that had screened our forms before Flew up, and out she... Read more »
Grass grows in the night and early the mockingbirds begin their fleet courtships over puddles, upon wires, in the new green of the Spanish limes. Their white-striped wings flash as they flirt and dive. Wind in the chimes pulls music from the air, the sky’s cleared of its vast complications. In the pause before summer,... Read more »
During natural disasters two enemy animals will call a truce, so during a hurricane an owl will share a tree with a mouse and, during an earthquake, you might find a mongoose wilted and shivering beside a snake. The bear will sit down in a river and ignore the passing salmon just as the lion... Read more »