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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496: a brief meditation on breath

Today's poem is a brief meditation on breath by Yesenia Montilla.

495: Naming Ceremony

Today's poem is Naming Ceremony by Hafizah Geter. This episode originally aired on April 4, 2020.

494: Often I am Permitted to Return to the City

Today's poem is Often I am Permitted to Return to the City by Phillip B. Williams.

493: Red Wine Spills

Today's poem is Red Wine Spills by L. Ash Williams.

492: i woke up and the day caught me

Today's poem is i woke up and the day caught me by Kara Jackson.

491: aubade for the whole hood

Today's poem is aubade for the whole hood by Nate Marshall.

490: And We Love Life

Today's poem is And We Love Life by Mahmoud Darwish. This episode originally aired May 14, 2020.

489: Pigeon and Hawk

Today's poem is Pigeon and Hawk by Marilyn Nelson.

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