The Writer's Almanac
Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.
You can take Vermont, the edge of the woods in tears even with spring’s sky-blue gown as you prowl through those trees bird whistle on a lanyard and compass tucked in your camouflage pants. I want Montana for myself, some little-known hot spring, glimpse of wild horses running, notebooks, novels, no plans as the sky... Read more »
May time grant you the lasting memory of the summer night on Jonas Ridge when we were walking the dogs, late— the white rail fence, our guide. When we turned back toward the cabin, darkness pressed against our faces and a host of fireflies flashed in the mist settling on the fields, blinking green from... Read more »
You wake wanting the dream you left behind in sleep, water washing through everything, clearing away sediment of years, uncovering the lost and forgotten. You hear the sun breaking on cold grass, on eaves, on stone steps outside. You see light igniting sparks of dust in the air. You feel for the first time in... Read more »
First job. In tight black shorts and a white bowling shirt, red lipstick and bouncing ponytail, I present each overflowing tray as if it were a banquet. I’m sixteen and college-bound; this job’s temporary as the summer sun, but right now it’s the boundaries of my life. After the first few nights of mixed orders... Read more »
The yellow lab outside the coffee shop today cannot sit still; but instead radiates the ever-expectant energy of a thousand hummingbirds, tail sweeping back and forth across the gray, littered sidewalk. Sits without touching the ground, knowing that any moment the one who matters most will emerge, slip his worn leash from the bench and... Read more »
There comes the strangest moment in your life, when everything you thought before breaks free— what you relied upon, as ground-rule and as rite looks upside down from how it used to be. Skin’s gone pale, your brain is shedding cells; you question every tenet you set down; obedient thoughts have turned to infidels and... Read more »