The Writer's Almanac

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

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Shame by C.K. Williams | Wednesday, November 04, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

A girl who, in 1971, when I was living by myself, painfully lonely, bereft, depressed, offhandedly mentioned to me in a conversation with some friends that although at     first she’d found me— I can’t remember the term, some dated colloquialism signifying odd, unacceptable,     out-of-things— she’d decided that I was after all all right … twelve... Read more »

Deceiving the Gods by Ellen Bass | Tuesday, November 03, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The old Jews rarely admitted good fortune. And if they did, they’d quickly add kinahora— let the evil eye not hear. What dummkopf would think the spirits were on our side? But even in a tropical paradise laden with sugarcane and coconut, something like the shtetl’s wariness exists. In Hawaii, I’m told, a fisherman never... Read more »