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Saint Paul, MN

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Each day, The Writer's Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and reading a short poem or two. The Writer's Almanac is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media.

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Leisure by Charles Rafferty | Friday, September 22, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/22/2017
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The darkness takes refuge beneath our bed again, and it doesn’t matter that the sun has risen a minute sooner than it did the day before. We have curated a warmth merely by lying here, and we take turns hitting the snooze button. The dog has not complained. The birds will not die down. We... Read more »

Duration: 00:05:13


Don’t Hesitate by Mary Oliver | Thursday, September 21, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/21/2017
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The text of today’s poem is not available online.

Duration: 00:04:59


The Singing by Patrick Phillips | Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/20/2017
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I can hear her through the thin wall, singing, up before the sun: two notes, a kind of hushed half-breathing, each time the baby makes that little moan— can hear her trying not to sing, then singing anyway, a thing so old it might as well be Hittite or Minoan, and so soft no one... Read more »

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An excerpt from “Spring Glen Grammar School” by Donald Hall | Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/19/2017
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For weeks we learned the alphabet—practicing it, reciting in unison singsong, printing letters in block capitals on paper with wide blue lines, responding out loud to flash cards. Then she said: "Tomorrow you learn to read." Miss Stephanie Ford wrote on the blackboard in large square letters: T H A T. “That," she said, gesticulating... Read more »

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Desire by Lawrence Raab | Monday, September 18, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/18/2017
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for Jonathan Aaron It was late, and I was trying to remember what someone once said about our woes— how they rise out of our unwillingness to stay in our rooms. After which I opened the window, and both of us heard the rustling sounds outside, as if small furtive things were hurrying away, or... Read more »

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Morning in a New Land by Mary Oliver | Sunday, September 17, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/17/2017
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The text of this poem is not available online.

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Chorus by Gillian Wegener | Saturday, September 16, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/16/2017
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Listen: there are those of us from somewhere else, the names of birthplaces, of hometowns, under our skin, tattoos always felt, never seen. We live here now, though we always meant to leave. And there are those of us who were born here, passing the landmarks of our lives so often we don’t think about... Read more »

Duration: 00:05:13


The Smile by William Blake | Friday, September 15, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/15/2017
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There is a Smile of Love And there is a Smile of Deceit And there is a Smile of Smiles In which these two Smiles meet And there is a Frown of Hate And there is a Frown of disdain And there is a Frown of Frowns Which you strive to forget in vain For... Read more »

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Elegy for a Broken Machine by Patrick Phillips | Thursday, September 14, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/14/2017
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My father was trying to fix something and I sat there just watching, like I used to, whenever something went wrong. I kept asking where he’d been, until he put down a wrench and said Listen: dying’s just something that happens sometimes. Who knows where that kind of dream comes from? Why some things vanish,... Read more »

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The Shoes of Teenage Boys by Tim Nolan | Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/13/2017
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At the front door the shoes are amazing combinations of some plastic and some unknown material developed by NASA. Even at rest the shoes have the urgency of teenage boys the jumping, etc., as a courtship display. Now they rest at the front door in skewed and knock-kneed and pigeon-toed repose they mostly are very... Read more »

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Last Night I Was a Child Again in Raleigh by Corey Mesler | Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/12/2017
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Last night I was a child again in Raleigh. And the Dorich boys were on the roof and my sister was waiting behind the Monopoly board and it was summer and the heat was like a separate personality and dogs wandered here and there unhindered by fences or leashes and I could see how my... Read more »

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Nine-Eleven by Charlotte Parsons | Monday, September 11, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/11/2017
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You passed me on the street I rode the subway with you You lived down the hall from me I admired your dog in the park one morning We waited in line for a concert I ate with you in the cafes You stood next to me at the bar We huddled under an awning... Read more »

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The Kingfisher by Mary Oliver | Sunday, September 10, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/10/2017
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The text of this poem is not available online.

Duration: 00:05:13


Moon-Breath by Mary Jo Salter | Saturday, September 09, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/9/2017
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Dark mornings staying dark longer, another autumn come, and the body one day poorer yet, from restless sleep I wake early now to note how the pale disk of moon caves to its own defeat, cold as yesterday’s fish left over in the pan, or miserly as a sliver of dried soap in a dish.... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


The Field by Tim Nolan | Friday, September 08, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/8/2017
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Remember that meadow up above the ridge where the dog ran around in circles and we were tired from the climb up and everything was tilted sideways including the running in circles of the ecstatic dog his bright tongue lapping at the air and we were leaning into the heart of the field where no... Read more »

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London by William Blake | Thursday, September 07, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/7/2017
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I wander thro’ each charter’d street, Near where the charter’d Thames does flow. And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe. In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry of fear, In every voice: in every ban, The mind-forg’d manacles I hear How the Chimney-sweepers cry Every blackning... Read more »

Duration: 00:05:13