The Writer's Almanac

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

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Dark and Late by Catherine Abbey Hodges | Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

This dark porch has brimmed with light like a bowl with water like a throat with laughter afternoons of light years of afternoons scintillating dawns flagrant noons underwater-green dusks and nights dark and late lit by candles, hands, eyes with the leap that’s the life we’ve come for, what we carry nonchalant white-knuckled down the... Read more »

Tall Girl Running by Louis Simpson | Monday, April 17, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

There is no gene which single-handedly builds a leg, long or short. Building a leg is a multi-gene cooperative enterprise.           —Richard Dawkins She went running by. I never saw a girl with such long legs. She ran by again. I shouted to her, “You run like an angel.” She smiled and said, “Thank you.” She... Read more »