The Writer's Almanac

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

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Dancing School, 1932 by Marianne MacCuish | Sunday, October 11, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

1932 In a time of national crisis we learned to curtsy to point a patent leather toe bend a knee over our Mary Janes with satin hairbows slipping down our cheeks In the Knights of Columbus Hall the floor fresh-shined gleamed through auras of stale cigar taint of Lysol numbing the glamour of sweetpea wrist-corsages... Read more »

Her Long Illness by Donald Hall | Friday, October 09, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

          Daybreak until nightfall, he sat by his wife at the hospital           while chemotherapy dripped through the catheter into her heart.           He drank coffee and read the Globe. He paced; he worked           on poems; he rubbed her back and read aloud. Overcome with dread,           they wept and affirmed their love for each other, witlessly,           over and... Read more »

Wednesdays by Sue Ellen Thompson | Wednesday, October 07, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Along with his two surviving sisters, the five of us divided up the week, so that one of us would call my father every night at dinnertime. My night was Wednesday, and after we discussed the weather, and he expressed amazement that New Hampshire could have record-breaking rains while Maryland clung stubbornly to drought, he’d... Read more »