The Writer's Almanac

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

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Flu Days by Peter Makuck | Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Shivering, you drag yourself, as if gun-shot, to the living room, to the old movie channel, to a Bogart festival, your mind fogged over (like the street on the screen) edging toward feverish sleep when Bogey snarls at Ida Lupino: “Of all the 14-carat saps…” Hours later when you wake, he’s smacking Peter Lorre: “When... Read more »

Three Songs at the End of Summer by Jane Kenyon | Monday, September 12, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

A second crop of hay lies cut and turned. Five gleaming crows search and peck between the rows. They make a low, companionable squawk, and like midwives and undertakers possess a weird authority. Crickets leap from the stubble, parting before me like the Red Sea. The garden sprawls and spoils. Across the lake the campers... Read more »