The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

A Shropshire Lad: XIII by A. E. Housman | Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When I was one-and-twenty     I heard a wise man say, ‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas     But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies     But keep your fancy free.’ But I was one-and-twenty,     No use to talk to me. When I was one-and-twenty     I heard him say again, ‘The heart out of the... Read more »

Lies My Mother Told Me by Elizabeth Thomas | Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

If you keep eating raw spaghetti          you’ll get pinworms,          then I’ll have to make          a necklace of garlic for you to wear          each night while you sleep,          until they go away. If you’re mean to your younger brother, I’ll know          because I have a special eye          that spies on you when I’m not home.          You... Read more »

Perennial by Kendra Tanacea | Saturday, March 25, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The rhododendron in Monroe          from the picture window of my childhood home, that gave us, every year, its first bloom on the fourth          of June. Lilacs every April, a constant hedge of baby’s breath. These things          still happen in my absence. And, at the edge of the yard, where all my efforts cease,          the wild... Read more »