The Writer's Almanac

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

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Hard rain and potent thunder by Marge Piercy | Saturday, May 09, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

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 »

Morning in May by Rosalind Brackenbury | Wednesday, May 06, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

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 »