The Writer's Almanac

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

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In the Hospital by George Garrett | Wednesday, September 07, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Here everything is white and clean as driftwood. Pain’s localized and suffering, strictly routine, goes on behind a modest screen. Softly the nurses glide on wheels, crackle like windy sails, smelling of soap, I’m needled and the whole room reels. The Fury asks me how I feel and, grinning turns to the brisk care of... Read more »

This Shining Moment in the Now by David Budbill | Tuesday, September 06, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When I work outdoors all day, every day, as I do now, in the fall, getting ready for winter, tearing up the garden, digging potatoes, gathering the squash, cutting firewood, making kindling, repairing bridges over the brook, clearing trails in the woods, doing the last of the fall mowing, pruning apple trees, taking down the... Read more »