The Writer's Almanac

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

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Want by Carrie Fountain | Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The wasps outside the kitchen window are making that thick, unraveling sound again, floating in and out of the bald head of their nest, seeming not to move while moving, and it has just occurred to me, standing, washing the coffeepot, watching them hang loosely in the air—thin wings; thick, elongated abdomens; sad, down- pointing... Read more »

Equinox by Barbara Crooker | Friday, October 16, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Another October. The maples have done their slick trick of turning yellow almost overnight; summer’s hazy skies are cobalt blue. My friend has come in from the West, where it’s been a year of no mercy: chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, more chemotherapy, and her hair came out in fistfuls, twice. Bald as a pumpkin. And... Read more »