The Writer's Almanac
Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.
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 »
Remember how we took those separate flights imagining the worst: our plane gone down, our children young, alone? I’d leave an hour before you, wait to meet you at your gate, or you’d go first, arrive and rent a car, then meet me at the exit. In between, blue emptiness, our lives suspended where clouds... Read more »
Inside the barn the sheep were standing, pushed close to one another. Some were dozing, some had eyes wide open listening in the dark. Some had no doubt heard of wolves. They looked weary with all the burdens they had to carry, like being thought of as stupid and cowardly, disliked by cowboys for the... Read more »
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 »
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 »
Though the barn is so warm that the oats in his manger, the straw in his bed seem to give off smoke— though the wind is so cold, the snow in the pasture so deep he’d fall down and freeze in an hour— the eleven-month-old palomino stallion has gone almost crazy fighting and pleading to... Read more »