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

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The Skylight by Seamus Heaney | Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

You were the one for skylights. I opposed Cutting into the seasoned tongue-and-groove Of pitch pine. I liked it low and closed, Its claustrophobic, nest-up-in-the-roof Effect. I liked the snuff-dry feeling, The perfect, trunk-lid fit of the old ceiling. Under there, it was all hutch and hatch. The blue slates kept the heat like midnight... Read more »