The Slowdown

28 EpisodesProduced by American Public Media

Every weekday, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Poetry Foundation.

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60: Tamed

February 15th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Tamed by Tyree Daye.

59: Coming Out

February 14th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Coming Out by Iliana Rocha.

58: The Singing School

February 13th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Singing School by Eloise Klein Healy.

57: In Memory of Shame

February 12th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is In Memory of Shame by Karenne Wood.

56: Name That Means Holy in Greek

February 11th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Name That Means Holy in Greek by Kim Addonzio.

55: America (peaches)

February 8th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is America (peaches) by Kathleen Graber.

54: Dancing in Buses

February 7th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Dancing in Buses by Javier Zamora.

53: Boy in Park

February 6th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Boy in Park by Laura Kasischke.

52: Gizzard Song

February 5th, 2019

5:25

Today's poem is Gizzard Song by Dean Young.

51: The Mystical Rose

February 4th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Mystical Rose by Adelia Prado.

50: Dear P.

February 1st, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Dear P. by Victoria Chang.

49: The View

January 31st, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is The View by Tim Seibles.

48: Elegy for Smoking

January 30th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Elegy for Smoking by Patrick Phillips.

47: The Emperor's Deer

January 29th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Emperor's Deer by Kamilah Aisha Moon.

46: Origin Stories

January 28th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Origin Stories by Safia Elhillo.

45: Self-Portrait with Sylvia Plath's Braid

January 25th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Self-Portrait with Sylvia Plath's Braid by Diane Seuss.

44: Swatting Flies

January 24th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Swatting Flies by Austin Smith.

43: Black is Beautiful

January 23rd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Black is Beautiful by Monica A. Hand.

42: Flesh

January 22nd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Flesh by Yi Lei.

41: Sweeping the States

January 21st, 2019

5:00

Today's episode Sweeping the States by Jacob Saenz.

40: Kettling

January 18th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Kettling by January Gill O'Neil.

39: Walking Home

January 17th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Walking Home by Jay Udall.

38: Ode to the Pager

January 16th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Ode to the Pager by Marcus Jackson.

37: To My Twenty-Four-Year-Old Self

January 15th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is To My Twenty-Four-Year-Old Self by Brenda Shaughnessy.

36: Quiet Places

January 14th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Quiet Places by Lemn Sissay.

35: Poem in Which I Be a Doe & You, by Effect, Are a Wolf

January 11th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Poem in Which I Be a Doe & You, by Effect, Are a Wolf by Danez Smith

34: Speaking Tree

January 10th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Speaking Tree by Joy Harjo.

33: Photograph: Circa 1960

January 9th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Photograph: Circa 1960 by Angela Jackson.

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