The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Song by Allen Ginsberg | Friday, December 11, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The weight of the world              is love. Under the burden              of solitude, under the burden              of dissatisfaction              the weight, the weight we carry              is love. Who can deny?              In dreams it touches              the body, in thought              constructs a miracle,              in imagination anguishes              till born in human— looks out of the heart              burning with purity— for... Read more »

On His Blindness by John Milton | Wednesday, December 09, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When I consider how my light is spent,       Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,       And that one talent which is death to hide       Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present       My true account, lest he returning chide,       ‘Doth God exact day-labour, light... Read more »

Regarding (Most) Songs by Thomas Lux | Tuesday, December 08, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

            Whatever is too stupid to say             can be sung.             — Joseph Addison (1672-1719) The human voice can sing a vowel to break your heart. It trills a string of banal words, but your blood jumps, regardless. You don’t care about the words but only how they’re sung and the music behind — the brass, the... Read more »