The Writer's Almanac

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

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Guide to the Other Gallery by Dana Gioia | Friday, February 26, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

This is the hall of broken limbs Where splintered marble athletes lie Beside the arms of cherubim. Nothing is ever thrown away. These butterflies are set in rows. So small and gray inside their case They look alike now. I suppose Death makes most creatures commonplace. These portraits here of the unknown Are hung three... Read more »

Becoming Bostonian by Lawrence Kessenich | Thursday, February 25, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I hear the music of seven languages on a four-block stretch of Harvard Square, see the copper glow of the Hancock Tower at sunset, feel the familiar bump of cobblestones under my feet. Mark Twain said people in New York ask “How much is he worth?” while Bostonians ask “How much does he know?” That... Read more »