The Writer's Almanac

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

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Swimming to New Zealand by Douglas Goetsch | Thursday, September 03, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Once or twice in life you find a woman you’d swim the ocean for. What are you doing? friends will ask, as you perfect your stroke, meantime pitying everyone outside of love. Your only obstacle, the blue Pacific— where your sun sinks, she’s dressing in the morning, and when the dawn comes reaching back around,... Read more »

Wynken, Blinken and Nod by Eugene Field | Wednesday, September 02, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night      Sailed off in a wooden shoe,— Sailed on a river of crystal light      Into a sea of dew. “Where are you going, and what do you wish?”      The old moon asked the three. “We have come to fish for the herring-fish      That live in this beautiful sea;      Nets of... Read more »