The Slowdown

The Slowdown

Every weekday, Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.... Show More

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September 24, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is The Piano Speaks by Sandra Beasley.

This week, we're featuring poems related to music. Songs that move and change us. Songs that heal us. What can we discover about ourselves, when we listen to music? A lot, it seems.


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September 23, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is There Is a Light That Never Goes Out by Kevin Young.

This week, we're featuring poems related to music. Songs that move and change us. Songs that heal us. What can we discover about ourselves, when we listen to music? A lot, it seems.




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September 22, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Groovin' Low by A.B. Spellman.

This week, we're featuring poems related to music. Songs that move and change us. Songs that heal us. What can we discover about ourselves, when we listen to music? A lot, it seems.


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September 21, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Minneapolipstick by Rachel McKibbens.

This week, we're featuring poems related to music. Songs that move and change us. Songs that heal us. What can we discover about ourselves, when we listen to music? A lot, it seems.

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September 18, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Some Call It God by Jabari Asim.

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Today's poem is In the middle of Metro Manila's water crisis, my mother posts a picture of my siblings in a swimming pool by Kabel Mishka Ligot.

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September 16, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Aquí Hay Todo, Mija by Alexis Aceves Garcia.

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September 15, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is We Have Been Believers by Margaret Walker.

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September 14, 2020 4 min

Today's poem is One Vote by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

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September 11, 2020 4 min

Today's poem is Say Thank You Say I'm Sorry by Jericho Brown.

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September 10, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Dusty Lemons by Maja Lukic.

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Today's episode is "You Will Never Get Death / Out of Your System" by Dana Levin.

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September 8, 2020 4 min

Today's poem is The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire by Sarah Kay.

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Today's poem is The Hastily Assembled Angel Falls at the Beginning of the World by Shane McCrae.

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September 4, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is praise poets and their pens by JP Howard.

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September 3, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Chance Meeting by Susan Browne.

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September 2, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is To be of use by Marge Piercy.

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September 1, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is What It's Like to Fall In Love by Heidi Seaborn.

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Today's episode is For Black Children at the End of the World—and the Beginning by Roger Reeves.

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August 28, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is American Mother by Pamela Hart. This episode originally aired on May 15, 2020.

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