The Writer's Almanac

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

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She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron | Friday, January 22, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

She walks in beauty, like the night      Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright      Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellow’d to that tender light      Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less,      Had half impair’d the nameless grace Which... Read more »

January Song by Catherine Abbey Hodges | Thursday, January 21, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Lord Byron died the very year that sperm were proved, beyond all doubt, to be essential to fertilization. No more virgin births. That year Beethoven’s Choral Symphony astounded the air. He was guided gently to face the audience that rose in an ovation he couldn’t hear. Tears were everywhere. Who remembers J.L. Prevost or J.B.... Read more »

Reading History a Year at a Time by Joan McIntosh | Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Lord Byron died the very year that sperm were proved, beyond all doubt, to be essential to fertilization. No more virgin births. That year Beethoven’s Choral Symphony astounded the air. He was guided gently to face the audience that rose in an ovation he couldn’t hear. Tears were everywhere. Who remembers J.L. Prevost or J.B.... Read more »

West Highland by Thomas Lynch | Sunday, January 17, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Whenever I hear their aged names— Lena, Cora Mae, Lydia, Bea— I think of prim, widowed ladies from the Baptist Church in West Highland Township; and imagine their ordered, born-again lives beyond the latter-day suburban sprawl of disenchantment and convenience stores. Lives lived out at the same pace as their mothers and their mothers’ people... Read more »