The Writer's Almanac

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

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Patty’s Charcoal Drive-In by Barbara Crooker | Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

First job. In tight black shorts and a white bowling shirt, red lipstick and bouncing ponytail, I present each overflowing tray as if it were a banquet. I’m sixteen and college-bound; this job’s temporary as the summer sun, but right now it’s the boundaries of my life. After the first few nights of mixed orders... Read more »

Yellow Lab Outside the Coffee Shop by Greg Watson | Monday, June 19, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The yellow lab outside the coffee shop today cannot sit still; but instead radiates the ever-expectant energy of a thousand hummingbirds, tail sweeping back and forth across the gray, littered sidewalk. Sits without touching the ground, knowing that any moment the one who matters most will emerge, slip his worn leash from the bench and... Read more »

There Comes the Strangest Moment by Kate Light | Sunday, June 18, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

There comes the strangest moment in your life, when everything you thought before breaks free— what you relied upon, as ground-rule and as rite looks upside down from how it used to be. Skin’s gone pale, your brain is shedding cells; you question every tenet you set down; obedient thoughts have turned to infidels and... Read more »

To Daffodils by Robert Herrick | Saturday, June 17, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Fair daffodils, we weep to see      You haste away so soon: As yet the early-rising sun      Has not attained his noon                Stay, stay,      Until the hasting day                Has run      But to the evensong; And, having prayed together, we      Will go with you along. We have short time to stay as you;      We have as short... Read more »