The Writer's Almanac

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

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My Life Was the Size of My Life by Jane Hirshfield | Friday, November 06, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

My life was the size of my life. Its rooms were room-sized, its soul was the size of a soul. In its background, mitochondria hummed, above it sun, clouds, snow, the transit of stars and planets. It rode elevators, bullet trains, various airplanes, a donkey. It wore socks, shirts, its own ears and nose. It... Read more »

At the Sparkle Laundromat on Rice Street by Greg Watson | Thursday, November 05, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The teenagers are bored, having nowhere else to go, not wanting to go home to the drab familiarity of housing projects and apartment complexes. We too are directionless, but directionless in the same place and time—between jobs, between loves, between ambitions; we are loitering without intent. Hank Williams echoes from a small dusty speaker, quarters... Read more »