The Slowdown

Hosted ByTracy K. Smith

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.


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1140: Fish, Serpent, Egg, Scorpion by Kwame Dawes

Today’s poem is Fish, Serpent, Egg, Scorpion by Kwame Dawes. The Slowdown is your daily poetry ritual. In this episode, Major writes… “Today’s poem highlights that cycle of hard...

1139: Dolly Would by Julie E. Bloemeke

Today’s poem is Dolly Would by Julie E. Bloemeke. The Slowdown is your daily poetry ritual. In this episode, Major writes… “To build an image and reputation from dreams...

1138: Orientation by Cindy Juyoung Ok

Today’s poem is Orientation by Cindy Juyoung Ok. The Slowdown is your daily poetry ritual. In this episode, Major writes… “Every poem is a bridge between nature and us,...

1137: i have an irrational fear of spiders by Charlie Getter

Today’s poem is i have an irrational fear of spiders by Charlie Getter. The Slowdown is your daily poetry ritual. In this episode, Major writes… “Today’s poem smartly interrogates...

1136: Visible Light by Heidi Seaborn

Today’s poem is Visible Light by Heidi Seaborn. The Slowdown is your daily poetry ritual. In this episode, Major writes… “As a child, on summer evenings, my friends and...

1135: At the Rainbow Cattle Company by Bruce Snider

Today’s poem is At the Rainbow Cattle Company by Bruce Snider. The Slowdown is your daily poetry ritual. In this episode, Major writes… “Today’s poem names the silent syncopated...

1134: Americans by Katie Peterson

Today’s poem is Americans by Katie Peterson. The Slowdown is your daily poetry ritual. In this episode, Major writes… “Whenever I hear a person refer to people by their...

1133: The Alien by Greg Delanty

Today’s poem is The Alien by Greg Delanty. The Slowdown is your daily poetry ritual. In this episode, Major writes… “However tight the team of parents, and family and...

1132: Felonious States of Adjectival Excess Featuring Comparative and Superlative Forms by A. H. Jerriod Avant

Today’s poem is Felonious States of Adjectival Excess Featuring Comparative and Superlative Forms by A. H. Jerriod Avant. The Slowdown is your daily poetry ritual. In this episode, Major...

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