The Writer's Almanac

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

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The Bridge by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Saturday, June 13, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I stood on the bridge at midnight,       As the clocks were striking the hour, And the moon rose o’er the city,       Behind the dark church-tower. I saw her bright reflection       In the waters under me, Like a golden goblet falling       And sinking into the sea. And far in the hazy distance       Of that lovely night... Read more »

Yorkshiremen in Pub Gardens by Gavin Ewart | Thursday, June 11, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

As they sit there, happily drinking, their strokes, cancers and so forth are not in their minds. Indeed, what earthly good would thinking about the future (which is Death) do? Each summer finds beer in their hands in big pint glasses. And so their leisure passes. Perhaps the older ones allow some inkling into their... Read more »

Grandma Shorba’s Ragamuffin Stew by Freya Manfred | Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

During World War II, Grandma Shorba handed plates of bread and meat to strangers who asked for work in exchange for food. After chopping wood and mending fences, the lean, stoop-shouldered men went on their way. “May God watch over them,” Grandma said. I was glad I didn’t have to follow them down the long... Read more »