The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Greeting to Spring (Not Without Trepidation) by Robert Lax | Friday, April 28, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Over the back of the Florida basker, over the froth of the Firth of Forth, Up from Tahiti and Madagascar, Lo, the sun walks north. The first bright day makes sing the slackers While leaves explode like firecrackers, The duck flies forth to greet the spring And sweetly municipal pigeons sing. Where the duck quacks,... Read more »

The Necessary Brevity of Pleasures by Samuel Hazo | Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Prolonged, they slacken into pain    or sadness in accordance with the law    of apples.             One apple satisfies. Two apples cloy.                      Three apples    glut.          Call it a tug-of-war between enough and more    than enough, between sufficiency    and greed, between the stay-at-homers    and globe-trotting see-the-worlders. Like lovers seeking heaven in excess,    the hopelessly insatiable forget    how passion... Read more »

What Have I Learned by Gary Snyder | Monday, April 24, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

What have I learned but the proper use for several tools? The moments between hard pleasant tasks To sit silent, drink wine, and think my own kind of dry crusty thoughts.        —the first Calochortus flowers        and in all the land,        it’s spring.        I point them out:        the yellow petals, the golden hairs,        to Gen. Seeing... Read more »