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 Ferris Wheel by Wyatt Prunty | Thursday, September 01, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The rounding steeps and jostles were one thing; And he held tight with so much circling. The pancaked earth came magnifying up, Then shrank, as climbing backward to the top He looked ahead for something in the fields To stabilize the wheel. Sometimes it stopped. The chairs rocked back and forth, As couples holding hands... Read more »

Take Your Kids to the Funeral by Michelle Boisseau | Monday, August 29, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Let them stretch out on the cool pews and listen to the valves of the church pump with coughs and foot scrapes. Let them discover the pleasing weirdness of pressing your belly against the seat edge and swinging your legs. Let them roll the bulletin into a telescope, stare a hole into their hands and... Read more »