The Writer's Almanac

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

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He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by William Butler Yeats | Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because... Read more »

The Immigrant Story by Grace Paley | Sunday, December 18, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

One day in my family’s life I entered the English language d’s and t’s in my teeth      s’s steaming I elongated i’s lost a few r’s      included them where they weren’t wanted I often stationed a preposition at the end of a sentence this was to guard against aggrieved inflection Much to my surprise strangers understood me... Read more »

They Accuse Me of Not Talking by Hayden Carruth | Saturday, December 17, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

North people known for silence. Long dark of winter. Norrland families go months without talking, Eskimos also, except bursts of sporadic eerie song. South people different. Right and wrong all crystal there and they squabble, no fears, though they praise north silence. “Ho,” they say, “look at them deep thinkers, them strong philosophical types, men... Read more »