The Writer's Almanac

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

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Curfew by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Monday, September 21, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I. Solemnly, mournfully,      Dealing its dole, The Curfew Bell      Is beginning to toll. Cover the embers,      And put out the light; Toil comes with the morning,      And rest with the night. Dark grow the windows,      And quenched is the fire; Sound fades into silence,      All footsteps retire. No voice in the chambers,      No sound in... Read more »

O Cheese by Donald Hall | Sunday, September 20, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

In the pantry the dear dense cheeses, Cheddars and harsh Lancashires; Gorgonzola with its magnanimous manner; the clipped speech of Roquefort; and a head of Stilton that speaks in a sensuous riddling tongue like Druids. O cheeses of gravity, cheeses of wistfulness, cheeses that weep continually because they know they will die. O cheeses of... Read more »