The Writer's Almanac
Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.
First the Chickadees take their share, then fly to the bittersweet vine, where they crack open the seeds, excited, like poets opening the day’s mail. And the Evening Grosbeaks— those large and prosperous finches—resemble skiers with the latest equipment, bright yellow goggles on their faces. Now the Bluejay comes in for a landing, like a... Read more »
In truth I am puzzled most in life by nine horses. I’ve been watching them for eleven weeks in a pasture near Melrose. Two are on one side of the fence and seven on the other side. They stare at one another from the same places hours and hours each day. This is another unanswerable... Read more »
The sound of water screeching to a boil reminds me of my grandmother’s trembling hand pouring her steam-hissing kettle over the Lipton’s teabag settled in her white porcelain cup. Those would be the mornings I’d have slept over on the pull out in the living room, bundled in flannel, watching lights from traffic below make... Read more »
If you didn’t see the six-legged dog, It doesn’t matter. We did, and he mostly lay in the corner. As for the extra legs, One got used to them quickly And thought of other things. Like, what a cold, dark night To be out at the fair. Then the keeper threw a stick And the... Read more »
Will I ever be as funny as my mother at ninety? I hope so, for everyone’s sake, especially mine. This woman, who swims, learns Spanish, cooks for herself, and works Thursdays at the library — this very Mother — burps after every bite, wets her pants, washes them, sports a hearing aid that screeches carols,... Read more »
Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through dazzling quicksand, the march of blank paper. With instant obedience they change clothes and mannerisms, drop a speech impediment, develop a motive backwards to suit the deed’s done. They extend skeletal arms for the handcuffs of... Read more »