The Slowdown

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

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195: Update

August 23rd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Update by Amy Gerstler.

194: A world's too little for thy tent, a grave too big for me

August 22nd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is A world's too little for thy tent, a grave too big for me by Connie Voisine.

193: Winter Trees

August 21st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams.

192: The Death of an Elephant

August 20th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Death of an Elephant by Gianfranco Pagnucci.

191: Staying Alive

August 19th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Staying Alive by David Wagoner.

190: World Word by Eamon Grennan

August 16th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is World Word by Eamon Grennan.

189: Old Farmer

August 15th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Old Farmer by Vievee Francis.

188: Failure

August 14th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Failure by Eugene Gloria.

187: Summary of Fifteen Years

August 13th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Summary of Fifteen Years by Suzanne Cleary.

186: Directions To Finding You, Or Maybe Just An Inferior Prayer

August 12th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Directions To Finding You, Or Maybe Just An Inferior Prayer by Angel Nafis.

185: Hit

August 9th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Hit.

184: Heirloom

August 8th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Heirloom by Lauren Clark.

183: A Room at Last

August 7th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is A Room at Last by Ko Un.

182: Writing a Poem

August 6th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Writing a Poem by Shirley Geok-lin Lim.

181: Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight

August 5th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight by Jane Hirshfield.

180: Evening Sun

August 2nd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Evening Sun by Jane Kenyon.

179: Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens

August 1st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens by Matthea Harvey.

178: God

July 31st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is God by Marsha de la O.

177: Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound

July 30th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound by Ellen Bass.

176: The Boatman

July 29th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Boatman by Carolyn Forché.

175: Immigrant Can't Write Poetry

July 26th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Immigrant Can't Write Poetry by Wang Ping.

174: Casa

July 25th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Casa by Rigoberto Gonzalez.

173: Strong Men, Riding Horses

July 24th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Strong Men, Riding Horses by Tishani Doshi.

172: Poem for Passengers

July 23rd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Poem for Passengers by Matthew Zapruder.

171: Spring Morning

July 22nd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Spring Morning by A.A. Milne.

170: Dantalion

July 19th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Dantalion by Jeffrey Thomson.

169: Haiku

July 18th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Haiku by Etheridge Knight.

168: What Does It Say

July 17th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is What Does It Say by Tess Gallagher.

167: Material

July 16th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Material by Sarah Rose Nordgren.

166: Variations in Blue

July 15th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Variations in Blue by Lauren K. Alleyne.

165: This Is Not a Small Voice

July 12th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is This Is Not a Small Voice by Sonia Sanchez.

164: Silence

July 11th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Silence by Marianne Moore.

163: A Small Needful Fact

July 10th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay.

162: Our Valley

July 9th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Our Valley by Philip Levine.

161: [as freedom is a breakfastfood]

July 8th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is [as freedom is a breakfastfood] by e.e. cummings.

160: Courtyard Fire

July 5th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Courtyard Fire by Arthur Sze.

159: from here i saw what happened and i cried

July 4th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is from here i saw what happened and i cried by t'ai freedom ford.

158: In prison

July 3rd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is In prison by Jean Valentine.

157: To the Woman at the United Airlines Check-in Desk at Newark

July 2nd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is To the Woman at the United Airlines Check-in Desk at Newark by Nick Laird.

156: after the reading

July 1st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is after the reading by Lucille Clifton.

155: Borderline Mambo

June 28th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Borderline Mambo by Rita Dove.

154: No Apology: A Poemifesto

June 27th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is No Apology: A Poemifesto by Carmen Giménez Smith.

153: The Heaven of Animals

June 26th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Heaven of Animals by James Dickey.

152: Europa Nostra

June 25th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Europa Nostra by Nathalie Handal.

151: The Fitting

June 24th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Fitting by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

150: On Time

June 21st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is On Time by John Milton.

149: Red Rover

June 20th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Red Rover by Claire Wahmanholm.

148: The Clam

June 19th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Clam by Keith Leonard.

147: Changeling

June 18th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Changeling by Hieu Minh Nguyen.

146: The White Fires of Venus

June 17th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The White Fires of Venus by Denis Johnson.

145: Mighty Pawns

June 14th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Mighty Pawns by Major Jackson.

144: The Preacher Addresses the Seminarians

June 13th, 2019

5:08

Note: This poem contains an instance of explicit language. Today's poem is The Preacher Addresses the Seminarians by Christian Wiman.

143: Untitled Poem

June 12th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Untitled Poem by Sesshu Foster.

142: Ozymandias

June 11th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

141: Ego

June 10th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Ego by Denise Duhamel.

140: To the Thawing Wind

June 7th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is To the Thawing Wind by Robert Frost.

139: Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing

June 6th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing by Toi Derricotte.

138: Still Life with Aspirin

June 5th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Still Life with Aspirin by Lucie Brock-Broido.

137: What Kind of Times Are These

June 4th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is What Kind of Times Are These by Adrienne Rich.

136: Where There Were Steep Riverbanks

June 3rd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Where There Were Steep Riverbanks by Circe Maia.

135: Circe

May 31st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Circe by H.D.

134: Beehive

May 30th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Beehive by Jean Toomer.

133: Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg

May 29th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg by Richard Hugo.

132: Punishment

May 28th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Punishment by Seamus Heaney.

131: I Loved You Before I Was Born

May 27th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is I Loved You Before I Was Born by Li-Young Lee.

130: Dancing Bear

May 24th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Dancing Bear by Richard Scott.

129: The Year I Had Cancer

May 23rd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Year I Had Cancer by Brad Buchanan.

128: Safe house

May 22nd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Safe house by Busisiwe Mahlangu.

127: Big Finish

May 21st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Big Finish by Kimberly Johnson.

126: My Parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary

May 20th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is My Parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary by Aaron Smith.

125: Yoko

May 17th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Yoko by Thom Gunn.

124: the break

May 16th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is the break by Nate Marshall.

123: When Vision Narrows To A Single Beam of Light

May 15th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is When Vision Narrows To A Single Beam of Light by Eleanor Wilner.

122: Whipping Tree

May 14th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Whipping Tree by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

121: A Room of Her Own

May 13th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is A Room of Her Own by Ming Di.

120: What's Left

May 10th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is What's Left by Kerry Hardie.

119: He Said

May 9th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is He Said by Gerald Stern.

118: Migraine: Aura and Aftermath

May 8th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Migraine: Aura and Aftermath by Claudia Emerson.

117: To The Republic

May 7th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is To The Republic by Frank Bidart.

116: Record Changer

May 6th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Record Changer by Adrian Matejka.

115: Michiko Dead

May 3rd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Michiko Dead by Jack Gilbert.

114: Burial

May 2nd, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Burial by Koleka Putuma.

113: First Will & Testament

May 1st, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is First Will & Testament by sam sax.

112: The Darkling Thrush

April 30th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy.

111: Bored

April 29th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Bored by Margaret Atwood.

110: We Lived Happily During The War

April 26th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is We Lived Happily During The War by Ilya Kaminsky.

109: Pearl

April 25th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Pearl by Dorianne Laux.

108: Backwards

April 24th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Backwards by Warsan Shire.

107: Thank You For Waiting

April 23rd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Thank You For Waiting by Simon Armitage.

106: Lake Michigan, Scene 3

April 22nd, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Lake Michigan, Scene 3 by Daniel Borzutzky.

105: I Just Hope I Can Sleep

April 19th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is I Just Hope I Can Sleep by Dorothea Lasky.

104: Poem for an Antique Korean Fishing Bobber

April 18th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is "Poem for an Antique Korean Fishing Bobber" by Dobby Gibson.

103: The Skylark

April 17th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Skylark by John Clare.

102: Love Poem

April 16th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Love Poem by Donika Kelly.

101: Postcards from the Labyrinth

April 15th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Postcards from the Labyrinth by Johnny Lorenz.

100: New World Orchestra

April 12th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is New World Orchestra by Ed Roberson.

99: Philadelphia

April 11th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Philadelphia by Emily Skaja.

98: stunt

April 10th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is stunt by Monique Ferrell.

97: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin ["You don't seem to want it, but you wanted it"]

April 9th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin ["You don't seem to want it, but you wanted it"] by Terrance Hayes.

96: The Sun Rising

April 8th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Sun Rising by John Donne.

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