The Writer's Almanac

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

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Brothers Playing Catch on Christmas Day by Gary Short | Saturday, December 26, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Only a little light remains. The new football feels heavy and our throws are awkward like the conversation of brothers who see each other occasionally. After a few exchanges, confidence grows, the passing and catching feels natural and good. Gradually, we move farther apart, out in the field, the space between us filling with darkness.... Read more »

The Meeting by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Friday, December 25, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

After so long an absence       At last we meet again: Does the meeting give us pleasure,       Or does it give us pain? The tree of life has been shaken,       And but few of us linger now, Like the Prophet’s two or three berries       In the top of the uttermost bough. We cordially greet each other... Read more »