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Despair by Billy Collins | Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

May 24th, 2016

Episode 594 of 781 episodes

So much gloom and doubt in our poetry— flowers wilting on the table, the self regarding itself in a watery mirror. Dead leaves cover the ground, the wind moans in the chimney, and the tendrils of the yew tree inch toward the coffin. I wonder what the ancient Chinese poets would make of all this,... Read more »

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