The Writer's Almanac

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

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Early Hominids Slept in Trees by Faith Shearin | Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

This was before they slipped into caves and painted the drama of the hunt, before their stone tools and splendid fires, when early hominids filled the trees like night. They climbed a ladder of branches into evening where they arranged themselves beneath the applause of leaves. There were wind storms and lightning and somehow babies... Read more »

Outliving One’s Father by John Updike | Saturday, March 26, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I could feel, above me, the hunger in his stride, the fear that hurled him along an edge where toothaches, low pay, discipline problems in the classroom were shadows of an all-dissolving chaos. At his side, his shorter only offshoot, I both sheltered and cowered. He was fallible but doughty, even cocky as he drove... Read more »

Like the New Moon I Will Live My Life by Robert Bly | Thursday, March 24, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When your privacy is beginning over, How beautiful the things are that you did not notice before! A few sweetclover plants Along the road to Bellingham, Culvert ends poking out of driveways, Wooden corncribs, slowly falling, What no one loves, no one rushes towards or shouts about, What lives like the new moon, And the... Read more »