The Writer's Almanac

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

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The World Has Need of You by Ellen Bass | Saturday, June 25, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

                                          everything here                                           seems to need us                                                       Rainer Maria Rilke I can hardly imagine it as I walk to the lighthouse, feeling the ancient prayer of my arms swinging in counterpoint to my feet. Here I am, suspended between the sidewalk and twilight, the sky dimming so fast it seems alive. What if you felt the... Read more »

Summer Kitchen by Donald Hall | Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

In June’s high light she stood at the sink             With a glass of wine, And listened for the bobolink, And crushed garlic in late sunshine. I watched her cooking, from my chair.             She pressed her lips Together, reached for kitchenware, And tasted sauce from her fingertips. “It’s ready now. Come on,” she said.             “You light... Read more »