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.


All Episodes

505: You Are Who I Love

Today's poem is You Are Who I Love by Aracelis Girmay.

504: What the Kids in Subtle Asian Traits Know

Today's poem is What the Kids in Subtle Asian Traits Know by Jennifer G. Lai.

503: Before the Riot

Today's poem is Before the Riot by Kwame Dawes.

502: To D.B.

Today's poem is To D.B. by Edward Hirsch.

501: Facial Recognition

Today's poem is Facial Recognition by Alice Liang.

500: The Party

Today's poem is The Party by Jason Shinder. This episode originally aired May 1, 2020.

499: Leaving Tulsa

Today's poem is Leaving Tulsa by Jennifer Elise Foerster.

498: Owed to the 99 Cent Store

Today's poem is Owed to the 99 Cent Store by Joshua Bennett.

497: Gwendolyn Brooks: America in the Wintertime

Today's poem is Gwendolyn Brooks: America in the Wintertime by Haki R. Madhubuti.

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