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

488: Bedtime Story

Today's poem is Bedtime Story by Wanda Coleman.

487: Reports of the Dream You’re Not Likely to Recover From

Today's poem is Reports of the Dream You're Not Likely to Recover From by Jay Deshpande.

486: Mount Rushmore

Today's poem is Mount Rushmore by Dante Clark.

485: The Bald Truth

Today's poem is The Bald Truth by Bob Hicok. This episode originally aired on April 14, 2020.

484: Letter to the Local Police

Today's poem is Letter to the Local Police by June Jordan.

483: Bring Now the Angels

Today's poem is Bring Now the Angels by Dilruba Ahmed.

482: Nightingale Pledge

Today's poem is Nightingale Pledge by Romalyn Ante.

481: brown and black people on shark tank

Today's poem is brown and black people on shark tank by Angbeen Saleem.

480: Blues for Almost Forgotten Music

Today's poem is Blues for Almost Forgotten Music by Roxane Beth Johnson. This week, we're featuring poems related to music. Songs that move and change us. Songs that heal...

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