The Writer's Almanac

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

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Ode to the Pull-Out Couch by Sonja Johanson | Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Which once belonged to your great- grandparents, but belongs to us now, and still works, even if the cushions are pretty well flattened and the stuffing is coming out from one armrest, and the color, which was probably once cream with red stitching, has become mostly a muddy rust — and which is always called... Read more »

My Aunt Raises Violets from Africa by Janice Moore Fuller | Saturday, June 11, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

All those loose threads from her sewing, trailing off bobbins toward Chattanooga, Nashville, Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls. She snapped them at the hem with her teeth, those worn hitching posts. She never learned to drive. Didn’t leave Grandma’s yard for thirty years. Her Singer just hummed. She never stopped wearing that engagement ring he gave... Read more »