The Writer's Almanac

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

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Sonnet 73: That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold by William Shakespeare | Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou see’st the twilight of such day As after sunset fadeth in the west; Which by and by... Read more »

Late October Camping in the Sawtooths by Gary Snyder | Sunday, October 16, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Sunlight climbs the snowpeak        glowing pale red Cold sinks into the gorge        shadows merge. Building a fire of pine twigs        at the foot of a cliff, Drinking hot tea from a tin cup        in the chill air— Pull on sweater and roll a smoke.        a leaf        beyond fire Sparkles with nightfall frost.