The Writer's Almanac
Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.
Like the punch line to a very bad joke the obvious and actual answer is: “carefully”. First, you must learn to hold the penguin from behind, to avoid the beak, pressing both wings against the body until you need to hold each out (again, carefully) to clean in and around the extremities. Next, contrary to... Read more »
Winter is black and beige down here from drought. Suddenly in March there’s a good rain and in a couple of weeks we are enveloped in green. Green everywhere in the mesquites, oaks, cottonwoods, the bowers of thick willow bushes the warblers love for reasons of food or the branches, the tiny aphids they eat... Read more »
If yours was the desk behind hers you could watch all through arithmetic Lois twisting one of those golden curls around her finger see it spring back to join the tight others that her mother must have pinned up on Sunday nights since all week they grew looser although still beautiful and despite your terrible... Read more »
Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, But sad mortality o’er-sways their power, How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower? 0, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out Against the wreckful siege of battering days, When rocks impregnable are not so stout, Nor... Read more »
—for Delia On the evening you were born, after the tremendous churning that brought you forth, an owl flew onto the rail of the balcony where we sat, as darkness bled from backlit hills into the sky. In twilight, she perched on the ledge measured us with wide, light- gleaning eyes, then sailed off on... Read more »
The Love a Life can show Below Is but a filament, I know, Of that diviner thing That faints upon the face of Noon— And smites the Tinder in the Sun— And hinders Gabriel’s Wing— ‘Tis this—in Musi—hints and sways— And far abroad on Summer days— Distils uncertain pain— ‘Tis this enamors in the East—... Read more »