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 and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Episodes

October 30, 2020 11 min

Today's poem is You Are Who I Love by Aracelis Girmay.

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Today's poem is What the Kids in Subtle Asian Traits Know by Jennifer G. Lai.

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October 28, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Before the Riot by Kwame Dawes.

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October 27, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is To D.B. by Edward Hirsch.

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October 26, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Facial Recognition by Alice Liang.

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October 23, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is The Party by Jason Shinder.

This episode originally aired May 1, 2020.

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October 22, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Leaving Tulsa by Jennifer Elise Foerster.

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October 21, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Owed to the 99 Cent Store by Joshua Bennett.

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Today's poem is Gwendolyn Brooks: America in the Wintertime by Haki R. Madhubuti.

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October 19, 2020 2 min

An update about the show and a message from Tracy K. Smith.

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October 19, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is a brief meditation on breath by Yesenia Montilla.

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October 16, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Naming Ceremony by Hafizah Geter.

This episode originally aired on April 4, 2020.

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Today's poem is Often I am Permitted to Return to the City by Phillip B. Williams.

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October 14, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Red Wine Spills by L. Ash Williams.

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October 13, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is i woke up and the day caught me by Kara Jackson.

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October 12, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is aubade for the whole hood by Nate Marshall.

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October 9, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is And We Love Life by Mahmoud Darwish.

This episode originally aired May 14, 2020.

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October 8, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Pigeon and Hawk by Marilyn Nelson.

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October 7, 2020 5 min

Today's poem is Bedtime Story by Wanda Coleman.

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Today's poem is Reports of the Dream You're Not Likely to Recover From by Jay Deshpande.

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