The Writer's Almanac

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

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Regarding (Most) Songs by Thomas Lux | Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

                    Whatever is too stupid to say                     can be sung.                            —JOSEPH ADDISON (1672-1719) The human voice can sing a vowel to break your heart. It trills a string of banal words, but your blood jumps, regardless. You don’t care about the words but only how they’re sung and the music behind—the brass, the drums. Oh the... Read more »

Walking around the Block with a Three-Year Old by David Wagoner | Sunday, October 23, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

She sees a starling legs-up in the gutter. She finds an earthworm limp and pale in a puddle. What’s wrong with them? she says. I tell her they’re dead. She scowls at me. She stares at her short shadow And makes it dance in the road. She shakes its head. Daddy, you don’t look pretty,... Read more »