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

Episodes

July 6, 2020 5 min
Today's episode is The End of Science Fiction by Lisel Mueller.
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July 5, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Immigrant Picnic by Gregory Djanikian.
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July 2, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Kerosene Litany by Mahogany L. Browne. This episode originally aired December 27, 2019.
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July 1, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Mebble by Taije Silverman.
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June 30, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Wild Peaches by Elinor Wylie.
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June 29, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Before Dawn in October by Julia Kasdorf.
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June 28, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Basic Needs by Vanessa Jimenez Gabb.
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June 25, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Variations in Blue by Lauren K. Alleyne. This episode originally aired on July 15, 2019.
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June 24, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Full Capacity by Rose McLarney.
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June 23, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Ask Me Why I Love You by Walter Everette Hawkins.
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June 22, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Words Were Changing by Miller Oberman.
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June 21, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is Soaking Up Sun by Tom Hennen.
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June 18, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is For My People by Margaret Walker. This episode originally aired on April 1, 2020.
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Today's poem is How Can Black People Write About Flowers at a Time Like This by Hanif Abdurraqib. This episode originally aired on February 14, 2020.
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June 16, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is The Emperor's Deer by Kamilah Aisha Moon. This episode originally aired January 29, 2019.
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Today's poem is At the Age of 18 - Ode to Girls of Color by Amanda Gorman.
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Today's poem is from here i saw what happened and i cried by t'ai freedom ford. This episode originally aired on July 4, 2019.
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June 11, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is We Are Not Responsible by Harryette Mullen. This episode originally aired October 31, 2019.
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June 10, 2020 4 min
Today's poem is On the D Train by Jacqueline Johnson. This episode originally aired October 16, 2019.
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June 9, 2020 5 min
Today's poem is The Book of Genesis by Morgan Parker.
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