The Writer's Almanac

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

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Brothers at the Reunion by Athena Kildegaard | Thursday, July 27, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The old men stood below the exit sign laughing and cussing as though they were in a well-lit bar—though they’d all given up drink years before. They cussed for the electricity of the words. Some, widowers who hadn’t kissed a woman in years, stroked the air with their hands. They didn’t touch one another. The... Read more »

Hemispheres by Grace Schulman | Sunday, July 23, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Our bodies, lucent under the bedclothes, fit tightly like the pieces of a broken terra-cotta vase now newly mended, smooth surfaces, no jagged edges visible. I’ve read that countries were so interlocked before tectonic heavings, when the ocean parted Mexico and Mauritania. Brazil’s shoulder was hoisted to Nigeria, Italy pressed Libya, Alaska lay so close... Read more »

Coming Home at Twilight in Late Summer by Jane Kenyon | Saturday, July 22, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

We turned into the drive, and gravel flew up from the tires like sparks from a fire. So much to be done—the unpacking, the mail and papers…the grass needed mowing…. We climbed stiffly out of the car. The shut-off engine ticked as it cooled. And then we noticed the pear tree, the limbs so heavy... Read more »