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 your next letter, by Carrie Shipers | Saturday, February 13, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

                                             please describe the weather in great detail. If possible, enclose a fist of snow or mud, everything you know about the soil, how tomato leaves rub green against your skin and make you itch, how slow the corn is growing on the hill. Thank you for the photographs of where the chicken coop once stood,... Read more »

AM Radio by Jesse Graves | Friday, February 12, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

So many nights we sat up listening to basketball games, talking about cars and all the cities he had driven through in big trucks, all the dangerous cargo he had carried. My uncle was a night-owl and a storyteller, One-time drunk and chaser of questionable women, lover of American muscle cars, handcrafted wood, Shakespeare fishing... Read more »

Coming by Philip Larkin | Thursday, February 11, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

On longer evenings, Light, chill and yellow, Bathes the serene Foreheads of houses. A thrush sings, Laurel-surrounded In the deep bare garden, Its fresh-peeled voice Astonishing the brickwork. It will be spring soon, It will be spring soon — And I, whose childhood Is a forgotten boredom, Feel like a child Who comes on a... Read more »

A Quiet Life by Baron Wormser | Tuesday, February 09, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

What a person desires in life     is a properly boiled egg. This isn’t as easy as it seems. There must be gas and a stove,     the gas requires pipelines, mastodon drills,     banks that dispense the lozenge of capital. There must be a pot, the product of mines     and furnaces and factories,     of dim early mornings... Read more »