The Writer's Almanac

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

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He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by William Butler Yeats | Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because... Read more »

The Immigrant Story by Grace Paley | Sunday, December 18, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

One day in my family’s life I entered the English language d’s and t’s in my teeth      s’s steaming I elongated i’s lost a few r’s      included them where they weren’t wanted I often stationed a preposition at the end of a sentence this was to guard against aggrieved inflection Much to my surprise strangers understood me... Read more »