The Writer's Almanac
Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.
my daughter, who turns twenty tomorrow, has become truly independent. she doesn’t need her father to help her deal with the bureaucracies of schools, hmo’s, insurance, the dmv. she is quite capable of handling landlords, bosses, and auto repair shops. also boyfriends and roommates. and her mother. frankly it’s been a big relief. the teenage... Read more »
She’s been in the hospital a week, this time with no improvement, and I’ve come home to shower, change clothes, and feed the dog. As I’m about to get back in the car, the boy next door, whose dad left years ago, asks if I’ll play catch, and I agree because it’s something I can... Read more »
The mares go down for their evening feed into the meadow grass. Two pine trees sway the invisible wind some sway, some don’t sway. The heart of the world lies open, leached and ticking with sunlight For just a minute or so. The mares have their heads on the ground, the trees have their heads... Read more »
The city squats on my back. I am heart-sore, stiff-necked, exasperated. That’s why I slammed the door, that’s why I tell you now, in every house of marriage there’s room for an interpreter. Let’s jump into the car, honey, and head straight for the Cape, where the cock on our housetop crows that the weather’s... Read more »
The days are cold and brown, Brown fields, no sign of green, Brown twigs, not even swelling, And dirty snow in the woods. But as the dark flows in The tree frogs begin Their shrill sweet singing, And we lie on our beds Through the ecstatic night, Wide awake, cracked open. There will be no... Read more »
Some people move through your life like the perfume of peonies, heavy and sensual and lingering. Some people move through your life like the sweet musky scent of cosmos so delicate if you sniff twice, it’s gone. Some people occupy your life like moving men who cart off couches, pianos and break dishes. Some people... Read more »