The Writer's Almanac

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

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Oft in the Stilly Night by Thomas Moore | Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Oft in the stilly night      Ere Slumber’s chain has bound me, Fond Memory brings the light      Of other days around me;           The smiles, the tears,           Of boyhood’s years,      The words of love then spoken;           The eyes that shone,           Now dimmed and gone,      The cheerful hearts now broken! Thus, in the stilly night,      Ere Slumber’s chain... Read more »

Eight. Doing the Dishes by Jeanne Lohmann | Monday, November 21, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

We lived in so many houses, Gloria: Indiana Avenue, Summit and Fourth, the double on Hudson Street. And that upstairs apartment on North High we rented from Armbruster’s. Mother thought it Elizabethan, romantic, with its leaded glass windows and wood-beamed ceilings. Our entrance was at the side, at the top of stairs that creaked late... Read more »

Excerpt from “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman | Saturday, November 19, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The little one sleeps in its cradle, I lift the gauze and look a long time, and silently brush away        flies with my hand. The youngster and the redfaced girl turn aside up the bushy        hill I peeringly view them from the top. The suicide sprawls on the bloody floor of the bedroom. It is... Read more »