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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August 14, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Essay on Reentry by Reginald Dwayne Betts. This episode originally aired on January 27, 2020.

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Today's poem is Soft-Bodied Animals Leave Few Traces by Mitchell Jacobs.

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August 12, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Telephone of the Wind by Eddie Kim.

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August 11, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is We Eat Out Together by Bernadette Mayer.

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August 10, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is When Fannie Lou Hamer Said by Mahogany L. Browne.

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August 7, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Pomegranate Means Grenade by Jamaal May.

This episode originally aired on January 28, 2020.

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August 6, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Mood Ring by Jaswinder Bolina.

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August 5, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is The Aisle Not Taken by Karen Poppy.

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August 4, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Climbing China's Great Wall by Afaa M. Weaver.

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Today's poem is I saw Emmett Till this week at the grocery store by Eve L. Ewing.

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July 31, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Miz Rosa Rides the Bus by Angela Jackson.

This episode originally aired on February 24, 2020.

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July 30, 2020 4 min

Today's poem is Early Sunday Morning by Edward Hirsch.

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July 29, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is (First Trimester) by Craig Santos Perez.

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July 28, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Forgetfulness by Billy Collins.

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July 27, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Happiness by Paisley Rekdal.

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July 24, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Inheritance by Camille Rankine.

This episode originally aired on February 17, 2020.

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Today's poem is For the Woman on Main Street Stopping to Pull Up Her Pantyhose by Kristene Kaye Brown.

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Today's poem is In Praise of My Threaded Eyebrows by Joshua Nguyen.

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July 21, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is They Feed They Lion by Philip Levine.

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July 20, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Better or Worse by Heather McHugh.

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