The Writer's Almanac

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

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What is Supposed to Happen by Naomi Shihab Nye | Friday, November 11, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When you were small, we watched you sleeping, waves of breath filling your chest. Sometimes we hid behind the wall of baby, soft cradle of baby needs. I loved carrying you between my own body and the world. Now you are sharpening pencils, entering the forest of lunch boxes, little desks. People I never saw... Read more »

Invictus by William Ernest Henley | Tuesday, November 08, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Out of the night that covers me,     Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be     For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance     I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance     My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and... Read more »