The Writer's Almanac

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

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At the Feeder by Jane Kenyon | Thursday, May 12, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

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 »

Marching Through a Novel by John Updike | Saturday, May 07, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

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 »