The Writer's Almanac

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

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No Longer A Teenager by Gerald Locklin | Tuesday, April 05, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

my daughter, who turns twenty tomorrow, has become truly independent. she doesn’t need her father to help her deal with the bureaucracies of schools, hmo’s, insurance, the dmv. she is quite capable of handling landlords, bosses, and auto repair shops. also boyfriends and roommates. and her mother. frankly it’s been a big relief. the teenage... Read more »

The Evening is Tranquil, and Dawn Is a Thousand Miles Away by Charles Wright | Sunday, April 03, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The mares go down for their evening feed                                                                             into the meadow grass. Two pine trees sway the invisible wind                                                                         some sway, some don’t sway. The heart of the world lies open, leached and ticking with sunlight For just a minute or so. The mares have their heads on the ground,                                            the trees have their heads... Read more »

The visible and the in- by Marge Piercy | Thursday, March 31, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Some people move through your life like the perfume of peonies, heavy and sensual and lingering. Some people move through your life like the sweet musky scent of cosmos so delicate if you sniff twice, it’s gone. Some people occupy your life like moving men who cart off couches, pianos and break dishes. Some people... Read more »