The Writer's Almanac
Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.
Inside the barn the sheep were standing, pushed close to one another. Some were dozing, some had eyes wide open listening in the dark. Some had no doubt heard of wolves. They looked weary with all the burdens they had to carry, like being thought of as stupid and cowardly, disliked by cowboys for the... Read more »
One day in my family’s life I entered the English language d’s and t’s in my teeth s’s steaming I elongated i’s lost a few r’s included them where they weren’t wanted I often stationed a preposition at the end of a sentence this was to guard against aggrieved inflection Much to my surprise strangers understood me... Read more »
North people known for silence. Long dark of winter. Norrland families go months without talking, Eskimos also, except bursts of sporadic eerie song. South people different. Right and wrong all crystal there and they squabble, no fears, though they praise north silence. “Ho,” they say, “look at them deep thinkers, them strong philosophical types, men... Read more »
Though the barn is so warm that the oats in his manger, the straw in his bed seem to give off smoke— though the wind is so cold, the snow in the pasture so deep he’d fall down and freeze in an hour— the eleven-month-old palomino stallion has gone almost crazy fighting and pleading to... Read more »
for my son Trying to think of something useful To say about marriage, I remember A morning when I was twenty-plus, Self-absorbed in my tinny pink Renault Dauphine, my Little Toot, And I tried to get by a tank-truck on A bendy road too briefly straight. Shuddering, pedal floored, my frivolous Vessel leveled with the... Read more »
In grammar school I stuttered, felt the hot panic on my face when my turn to read crept up the row. Even when I counted the paragraphs and memorized the passage, I’d trip on the first or second word, and then it would be over, the awful hesitation, the word clinging to the lining of... Read more »