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 Tide Rises, the Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Sunday, March 06, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The tide rises, the tide falls, The twilight darkens, the curlew calls; Along the sea-sands damp and brown The traveller hastens toward the town,      And the tide rises, the tide falls. Darkness settles on roofs and walls, But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls; The little waves, with their soft, white hands, Efface... Read more »

Kooser called from Nebraska to say he'd found... by Jim Harrison | Friday, March 04, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Kooser called from Nebraska to say he’d found a large cinder on a long walk along abandoned country railroad tracks, a remnant of steam trains, the cinder similar to those our fathers shoveled from coal furnaces in the early winter mornings before stoking the fire. In your dark bedroom you’d hear the scrape of the... Read more »