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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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The Place by Paul Zimmer | Monday, October 23, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/23/2017
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Once in your life you pass Through a place so pure It becomes tainted even By your regard, a space Of trees and air where Dusk comes as perfect ripeness. Here the only sounds are Sighs of rain and snow, Small rustlings of plants As they unwrap in twilight. This is where you will go... Read more »

Duration: 00:05:13


Only This Morning by Dan Gerber | Sunday, October 22, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/22/2017
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In a hundred trillion years— an actual number though we can’t begin to grasp it—the last traces of our universe will be not even a memory with no memory to lament it. The last dust of the last star will not drift in the great nothing out of which everything we love or imagine eventually... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


We’ll Always Have Parents by Mary Jo Salter | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/21/2017
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It isn’t what he said in Casablanca and it isn’t strictly true. Nonetheless we’ll always have them, much as we have Paris. They’re in our baggage, or perhaps are baggage of the old-fashioned type, before the wheels, which we remember when we pack for Paris. Or don’t remember. Paris doesn’t know if you’re thinking of... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


The Day We Visited New Orleans by Robert Bly | Friday, October 20, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/20/2017
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So much time has gone by! Napoleon’s house— He never came—still stands in the Quarter. Time ends all the good living that Louis the Sixteenth, after the trouble, never Experienced, all the sights Andrew Jackson never saw in Pirate’s Alley. Ask the alligators about heat and history. Out in the bayous we met a small... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


One Ambition by Paul Hostovsky | Thursday, October 19, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/19/2017
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All I ever really wanted was to whistle with my fingers— I knew I would never be the one up on stage blowing everybody away with beauty, brilliance, virtuosity… But to be the lightning inside the thunderous applause, to have the audacity and the manual dexterity to make a siren screeching through a dark auditorium,... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


Daughter by Lisel Mueller | Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/18/2017
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My next poem will be happy, I promise myself. Then you come with your deep eyes, your tall jeans, your narrow hands, your wit, your uncanny knowledge, and your loneliness. All the flowers your father planted, all the green beans that have made it, all the world’s recorded pianos and this exhilarating day cannot change... Read more »

Duration: 00:05:13


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 »

Duration: 00:04:59


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 »

Duration: 00:05:13


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 »

Duration: 00:04:59


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 »

Duration: 00:04:59


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 »

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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 »

Duration: 00:04:59


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 »

Duration: 00:05:13

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