The Writer's Almanac

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

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Like the New Moon I Will Live My Life by Robert Bly | Thursday, March 24, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When your privacy is beginning over, How beautiful the things are that you did not notice before! A few sweetclover plants Along the road to Bellingham, Culvert ends poking out of driveways, Wooden corncribs, slowly falling, What no one loves, no one rushes towards or shouts about, What lives like the new moon, And the... Read more »

For a Friend Lying in Intensive Care Waiting for Her White Blood Cells to Rejuvenate After a Bone Marrow Transplant by Barbara Crooker | Saturday, March 19, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The jonquils. They come back. They split the earth with       their green swords, bearing cups of light. The forsythia comes back, spraying its thin whips with       blossom, one loud yellow shout. The robins. They come back. They pull the sun on the       silver thread of their song. The irises come back. They dance in the... Read more »