The Writer's Almanac

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

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What Have I Learned by Gary Snyder | Monday, April 24, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

What have I learned but the proper use for several tools? The moments between hard pleasant tasks To sit silent, drink wine, and think my own kind of dry crusty thoughts.        —the first Calochortus flowers        and in all the land,        it’s spring.        I point them out:        the yellow petals, the golden hairs,        to Gen. Seeing... Read more »

Praise Be by Lowell Jaeger | Thursday, April 20, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Praise be to the not-nearly-a-girl anymore clerking at our local grocery outlet since junior high. Single mom, moved up after a decade of customer service to manage four well-ordered aisles of hairsprays, lipsticks, and youthful glow in glittering squeeze tubes. Familiar red-headed, brown-eyed, gap-toothed smile. Willing to put aside her boxes of chores to chat... Read more »