The Writer's Almanac

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

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Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze by Theodore Roethke | Saturday, July 18, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Gone the three ancient ladies Who creaked on the greenhouse ladders, Reaching up white strings To wind, to wind The sweet-pea tendrils, the smilax, Nasturtiums, the climbing Roses, to straighten Carnations, red Chrysanthemums; the stiff Stems, jointed like corn, They tied and tucked,— These nurses of nobody else. Quicker than birds, they dipped Up and... Read more »

Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood (excerpt) by William Wordsworth | Monday, July 13, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream. It is not now as it hath been of yore;— Turn wheresoe’er I may, By night or day, The things which I have... Read more »