The Slowdown

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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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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.

95: A Very Good Dog

April 5th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is A Very Good Dog by Matthew Dickman.

94: Anna May Wong on Silent Films

April 4th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Anna May Wong on Silent Films by Sally Wen Mao.

93: Purple Bathing Suit

April 3rd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Purple Bathing Suit by Louise Gluck.

92: Always Alone

April 2nd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Always Alone by Linda Gregg.

91: Consider Me

April 1st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Consider Me by Langston Hughes.

90: Villanelle of the Suicide's Mother

March 29th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Villanelle of the Suicide's Mother by C.K. Williams.

89: Crowning

March 28th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Crowning by Kevin Young.

88: Ars Poetica #28: African Leave-Taking Disorder

March 27th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Ars Poetica #28: African Leave-Taking Disorder by Elizabeth Alexander.

87: The Space Between Skins Is Called A Wound

March 26th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Space Between Skins Is Called A Wound by Julian Randall.

86: Black cricket in the doorway, on the ceiling, in

March 25th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Black cricket in the doorway, on the ceiling, in by Quan Barry.

85: Night Surrender

March 22nd, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Night Surrender by Leila Ortiz.

84: Storm

March 21st, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Storm by Tina Chang.

83: Spring and Fall

March 20th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

82: I Watch Her Eat the Apple

March 19th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is I Watch Her Eat the Apple by Natalie Diaz.

81: Parable of a Firstborn

March 18th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Parable of a Firstborn by Rebecca Morgan Frank.

80: Muse

March 15th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Muse by Loretta Collins Klobah.

79: Trans Is Against Nostalgia

March 14th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Trans Is Against Nostalgia by Taylor Johnson.

78: Introduction to Patriarchy

March 13th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Introduction to Patriarchy by Chelsea Rathburn.

77: Utsuroi

March 12th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Utsuroi by Lee Ann Roripaugh.

76: Listen

March 11th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Listen by Didi Jackson.

75: The Unwritten

March 8th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Unwritten by W.S. Merwin.

74: Waking Up

March 7th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Waking Up by Thomas James.

73: If They Come for Us

March 6th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar.

72: Bat

March 5th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Bat by D.H. Lawrence.

71: Naomi

March 4th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Naomi by Tjawangwa Dema.

70: On the Death of WWE Professional Wrestler Chyna

March 1st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is On the Death of WWE Professional Wrestler Chyna by Hala Alyan.

69: On Days When We Both Travel

February 28th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is On Days When We Both Travel by Brenda Hillman.

68: The Line-Up

February 27th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Line-Up by Joan Swift.

67: Out of Some Other Paradise

February 26th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Out of Some Other Paradise by Alex Dimitrov.

66: Still Life with Little Brother

February 25th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Still Life with Little Brother by Joshua Bennett.

65: Kosmos

February 22nd, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Kosmos by Walt Whitman.

64: I like to see it lap the Miles

February 21st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is I like to see it lap the Miles by Emily Dickinson

63: Wind

February 20th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Wind by James Fenton.

62: supply and demand

February 19th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is supply and demand by Evie Shockley.

61: Europe

February 18th, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Europe by Kiki Petrosino.

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.

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