The Writer's Almanac

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

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Summer Kitchen by Donald Hall | Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

In June’s high light she stood at the sink             With a glass of wine, And listened for the bobolink, And crushed garlic in late sunshine. I watched her cooking, from my chair.             She pressed her lips Together, reached for kitchenware, And tasted sauce from her fingertips. “It’s ready now. Come on,” she said.             “You light... Read more »

Secret History by Charles Simic | Sunday, June 19, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Of the light in my room: Its mood swings, Dark-morning glooms, Summer ecstasies. Spider on the wall, Lamp burning late, Shoes left by the bed, I’m your humble scribe. Dust balls, simple souls Conferring in the corner. The pearl earring she lost, Still to be found. Silence of falling snow, Night vanishing without trace, Only... Read more »