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 Choir Singing by Grace Paley | Sunday, April 09, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

From the balcony of the Thetford Hill First Congregational Church I look down at the choir singing the adoration of Christ their Lord the high foreheads of the older women shine      why!      that’s the very condition of my own forehead which seemed in the bathroom mirror to appear increasingly intelligent this morning      the delicate daily hair loss contributing... Read more »

It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free by William Wordsworth | Friday, April 07, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

It is a beauteous evening, calm and free, The holy time is quiet as a nun Breathless with adoration; the broad sun Is sinking down in its tranquility; The gentleness of heaven broods o’er the sea: Listen! the mighty Being is awake, And doth with his eternal motion make A sound like thunder—everlastingly. Dear Child!... Read more »