The Writer's Almanac

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

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It’s Not Just Trains by Lawrence Raab | Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The ticket office was closing when we arrived and were informed our train had departed ahead of schedule. “What do you mean?” I asked. “Trains leave on time, or late, but never early.” “Such things happen,” the agent replied, “more often than you would think.” “Look around,” he added, “and pay attention. It’s not just... Read more »

My Life Was the Size of My Life by Jane Hirshfield | Friday, November 06, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

My life was the size of my life. Its rooms were room-sized, its soul was the size of a soul. In its background, mitochondria hummed, above it sun, clouds, snow, the transit of stars and planets. It rode elevators, bullet trains, various airplanes, a donkey. It wore socks, shirts, its own ears and nose. It... Read more »