The Writer's Almanac

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

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Barrier Island by Floyd Skloot | Saturday, October 08, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The carousel and bumper cars were long gone. Seidel’s Skee Ball, the five-cent fortune telling machine, Izzy’s Knishes, the shooting gallery, teenage crooners harmonizing at Waller’s frozen custard stand: I saw them all vanish when I was still a boy. The three-story concrete watchtower that protected us from Nazi submarines was rubble. I played at... Read more »

The Wild Swans at Coole by William Butler Yeats | Tuesday, October 04, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty swans. The nineteenth autumn has come upon me Since I first made my count; I saw, before I had well finished, All suddenly mount... Read more »