The Writer's Almanac

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

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Remnants still visible by Marge Piercy | Monday, November 14, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Robins migrate, all schoolchildren learn but here on the Cape, every winter a flock forms and stays, long frigid months after their compatriots have flown south. They live deep in the woods on hips and berries wizened by cold. Sometimes they appear here among the feeder birds, one or two almost outcasts. Off Alaska when... Read more »

What is Supposed to Happen by Naomi Shihab Nye | Friday, November 11, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When you were small, we watched you sleeping, waves of breath filling your chest. Sometimes we hid behind the wall of baby, soft cradle of baby needs. I loved carrying you between my own body and the world. Now you are sharpening pencils, entering the forest of lunch boxes, little desks. People I never saw... Read more »