The Writer's Almanac

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

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Love: Beginnings by C.K. Williams | Saturday, January 23, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

They’re at that stage where so much desire streams between them, so much             frank need and want, so much absorption in the other and the self and the self-admiring entity             and unity they make— her mouth so full, breast so lifted, head thrown back so far in her laughter             at his laughter, he so solid,... Read more »

She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron | Friday, January 22, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

She walks in beauty, like the night      Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright      Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellow’d to that tender light      Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less,      Had half impair’d the nameless grace Which... Read more »

January Song by Catherine Abbey Hodges | Thursday, January 21, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Lord Byron died the very year that sperm were proved, beyond all doubt, to be essential to fertilization. No more virgin births. That year Beethoven’s Choral Symphony astounded the air. He was guided gently to face the audience that rose in an ovation he couldn’t hear. Tears were everywhere. Who remembers J.L. Prevost or J.B.... Read more »

Reading History a Year at a Time by Joan McIntosh | Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Lord Byron died the very year that sperm were proved, beyond all doubt, to be essential to fertilization. No more virgin births. That year Beethoven’s Choral Symphony astounded the air. He was guided gently to face the audience that rose in an ovation he couldn’t hear. Tears were everywhere. Who remembers J.L. Prevost or J.B.... Read more »