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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.

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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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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Once by Patrick Phillips | Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/17/2017
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the father of my son’s friend watched his father die. Then for some reason came, still grieving, to a soccer field where I, a guy he knew, or kind of knew, stood with the others trying not to stare at the there- but-for-the-grace-of God– go-I of him: his eyes raw-rimmed behind dark glasses as herds... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


Because the Night You Asked by Crystal Spring Gibbins | Monday, October 16, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/16/2017
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for Josh Because the night you asked me the moon shined like a quarter in the sky; because the leaves were the color of wine at our feet; because, like you, there was a private sense of absence in my every day; because in your arms my heart grows plump as a finch; because we... Read more »

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Course of Treatment by Linda Pastan | Sunday, October 15, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/15/2017
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After forty visits, after forty invisible rays transformed your body into something as incandescent as a flashbulb, they release you into the world, where it hardly rained those forty days, those nights, where your ark was an old SUV shuttling you back and forth along meandering highways, taking their daily toll. Now you embrace the... Read more »

Duration: 00:05:13


Primitive by Sharon Olds | Saturday, October 14, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/14/2017
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I have heard about the civilized, the marriages run on talk, elegant and honest, rational. But you and I are savages. You come in with a bag, hold it out to me in silence. I know Moo Shu Pork when I smell it and understand the message: I have pleased you greatly last night. We... Read more »

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Summer of Lemons by Marjorie Thomsen | Friday, October 13, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/13/2017
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It was the summer of lemons being replaced by oranges. Lemons, they said, had lost something that lemons sometimes lose. Painters piled Navels and Valencias, mixed red into yellow for Still Life with Oranges; the wooden bowl beautiful with lonely cracks, organic with time and handling. Evening, men and women squeezed wedges from the larger... Read more »

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A Little Tooth by Thomas Lux | Thursday, October 12, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/12/2017
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Your baby grows a tooth, then two, and four, and five, then she wants some meat directly from the bone. It’s all over: she’ll learn some words, she’ll fall in love with cretins, dolts, a sweet talker on his way to jail. And you, your wife, get old, flyblown, and rue nothing. You did, you... Read more »

Duration: 00:05:13


The Book of Usable Minutes by Sally Van Doren | Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/11/2017
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I heard the mother in the row behind me explain the safety instructions to her small noisy children. I began to calculate how much time I have spent listening to an automated voice tell me how to identify the best exit routes, how to use the seat as a flotation device, how to place the... Read more »

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Sorrow by Shara McCallum | Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/10/2017
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There are too many poems on the subject of sorrow. Why pile one more on this dung heap of sorrow? Once upon a time always promises wonder. We remember, too late, the breadcrumb-less woods of sorrow. You fall asleep nightly rehearsing a lie: Tomorrow I’ll end it, my love affair with sorrow. A woman is... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


Six Inches by Jeff Coomer | Monday, October 09, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/9/2017
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One minute I’m meandering down a country road on a magnificent fall day, lost in thought, radio playing, and the next minute I feel my wheels on the loose gravel of the shoulder, there’s a deafening bang and I’m climbing out of what’s left of my car. The cop who came to investigate was pretty... Read more »

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Just Now by W. S. Merwin | Sunday, October 08, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/8/2017
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In the morning as the storm begins to blow away the clear sky appears for a moment and it seems to me that there has been something simpler than I could ever believe simpler than I could have begun to find words for not patient not even waiting no more hidden than the air itself... Read more »

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Elegy by Linda Pastan | Saturday, October 07, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/7/2017
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Our final dogwood leans over the forest floor offering berries to the birds, the squirrels. It’s a relic of the days when dogwoods flourished—creamy lace in April, spilled milk in May— their beauty delicate but commonplace. When I took for granted that the world would remain as it was, and I would remain with it.

Duration: 00:05:13


After the Opera by Richard Schiffman | Friday, October 06, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/6/2017
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The curtain parts one last time and the ones who killed and were killed, who loved inordinately, who went berserk, were flayed alive, descended to Hades, raged, wept, schemed— victims and victimizers alike— smile and nod and graciously bow. So glad it’s finally over, they stride off suddenly a bit ridiculous in their overwrought costumes.... Read more »

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Some Advice for Clearing Brush by Jeff Coomer | Thursday, October 05, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/5/2017
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Walk noisily to declare your presence. The rabbits and deer will leave as soon as they hear you coming, but the snakes need time to process your intentions. Take a moment to be certain of what you’re cutting. Many stems look alike down close to the ground, especially when they’re young. Look up occasionally. Don’t... Read more »

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Defiance by Sally Van Doren | Wednesday, October 04, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/4/2017
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We were drawn that way at a young age on the main line west from St. Louis to the Columbia spur north to Moberly where our grandparents picked us up at the station and showed us the quarry behind their house on Gilman Road, warning us not to try to jump off the edge of... Read more »

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Lives of the Great Composers by Dana Gioia | Tuesday, October 03, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/3/2017
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Herr Bruckner often wandered into church to join the mourners at a funeral. The relatives of Berlioz were horrified. “Such harmony,” quoth Shakespeare, “is in immortal souls …. We cannot hear it.” But the radio is playing, and outside rain splashes to the pavement. Now and then the broadcast fails. On nights like these Schumann... Read more »

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Sassafras by Marjorie Thomsen | Monday, October 02, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/2/2017
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My grandfather, Hank, ran a hardware store full of straight–shooting solutions: washers for faucets, filters for furnace failures, or he could just cut you a fresh key. The aisles of answers held no allure for me when I was a kid so I stood by the cash register where I’d wonder which flavor candy stick... Read more »

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History Lesson by Jeff Coomer | Sunday, October 01, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/1/2017
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My grandfather left school at fourteen to work odd jobs until he was old enough to join his Lithuanian kin chipping anthracite out of the Pennsylvania hills. Nine hours a day with five hundred feet of rock over his head, then an hour’s ride home on the company bus to a dinner of boiled cabbage... Read more »

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Dew Light by W. S. Merwin | Saturday, September 30, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/30/2017
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Now in the blessed days of more and less when the news about time is that each day there is less of it I know none of that as I walk out through the early garden only the day and I are here with no before or after and the dew looks up without a... Read more »

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Those Places by Kay Ryan | Friday, September 29, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/29/2017
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They are not imaginary but accessible only intermittently. Seasonal, shall we say, in the way of the exquisite high parts of Yosemite which having visited you cannot wish inhabited more easily.

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The Good Life by Tracy K. Smith | Thursday, September 28, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

9/28/2017
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When some people talk about money They speak as if it were a mysterious lover Who went out to buy milk and never Came back, and it makes me nostalgic For the years I lived on coffee and bread, Hungry all the time, walking to work on payday Like a woman journeying for water From... Read more »

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