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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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 23rd, 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.

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.

32: Gentrifier

January 8th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Gentrifier by Franny Choi.

31: Turtle, Swan

January 7th, 2019

6:30

Today's poem is Turtle, Swan by Mark Doty.

30: Vows

January 4th, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is Vows by Melissa Stein.

29: Our Dead Friend

January 3rd, 2019

4:59

Today's poem is Our Dead Friend by Alicia Suskin Ostriker.

28: On Kindness

January 2nd, 2019

7:40

Today's poem is On Kindness by Aracelis Girmay.

27: The Raincoat

January 1st, 2019

5:00

Today's poem is The Raincoat by Ada Limon.

26: Against the Promise of a View

December 31st, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is Against the Promise of a View by Maureen N. McLane.

25: The Star Market

December 28th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is The Star Market by Marie Howe.

24: A Talk with My Grandson, Age Six

December 27th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is A Talk with My Grandson, Age Six by Wanda Coleman.

23: My Father at 49, Working the Night Shift at B&R Diesel

December 26th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is My Father at 49, Working the Night Shift at B&R Diesel by Edgar Kunz.

22: Love (III)

December 25th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is Love (III) by George Herbert.

21: 'N'em

December 24th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is 'N'em by Jericho Brown.

20: Therapist 4

December 21st, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is Therapist 4 by Bao Phi.

19: Hip-Hop Ghazal

December 20th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is Hip-Hop Ghazal by Patricia Smith.

18: Prayer on Aladdin's Lamp

December 19th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is Prayer on Aladdin's Lamp by Marcus Wicker.

17: Woman on Cell Phone Dragging an Empty Cart Through Washington Square Park

December 18th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is Woman on Cell Phone Dragging an Empty Cart Through Washington Square Park by Donna Masini.

16: Spring

December 17th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is Spring by Arda Collins.

15: Old Wives' Tales on Which I Was Fed

December 14th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is Old Wives' Tales on Which I Was Fed by Jenny Xie.

14: Apocalypse, Umbrian Master, about 1490

December 13th, 2018

6:06

Today's poem is Apocalypse, Umbrian Master, about 1490 by Hans Magnus Enzensberger.

13: What the Memories Said

December 12th, 2018

5:32

Today's poem is What the Memories Said by Crystal Williams.

12: Hair on Fire

December 11th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is Hair on Fire by Jim Daniels.

11: Poetry Recitation at St. Catherine's School for Girls

December 10th, 2018

5:00

Today's poem is Poetry Recitation at St. Catherine's School for Girls by Tarfia Faizullah.

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