The Writer's Almanac

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

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To the Student Who Asked Why He Earned a "C" on an Essay about Love by Clint Margrave | Monday, June 27, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Because love has its own grammar, its own sentences, some that run-on too long, others just fragments. It uses a language not always appropriate or too informal, and often lacks clarity. Love is punctuated all wrong, changes tenses abruptly, relies heavily on the first person, can be redundant, awkward, full of unnecessary repetition. Every word... Read more »

The World Has Need of You by Ellen Bass | Saturday, June 25, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

                                          everything here                                           seems to need us                                                       Rainer Maria Rilke I can hardly imagine it as I walk to the lighthouse, feeling the ancient prayer of my arms swinging in counterpoint to my feet. Here I am, suspended between the sidewalk and twilight, the sky dimming so fast it seems alive. What if you felt the... Read more »