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

461: For Black Children at the End of the World—and the Beginning

Today's episode is For Black Children at the End of the World—and the Beginning by Roger Reeves.

460: American Mother

Today's poem is American Mother by Pamela Hart. This episode originally aired on May 15, 2020.

459: The Feeling

Today's poem is The Feeling by Ari Banias.

458: Tyranny of the Human Face

Today's poem is Tyranny of the Human Face by Chase Berggrun.

457: I Found Kin in a Thrift Store Photograph

Today's poem is I Found Kin in a Thrift Store Photograph by Aaron Coleman.

456: Pelvic Ultrasound

Today's poem is Pelvic Ultrasound by Anne Barngrover.

455: Mercury in Retrograde

Today's poem is Mercury in Retrograde by Sheryl Luna. This week, we're featuring poems related to outer space. Stars. Planets. Even aliens. What can we discover about ourselves, when...

454: On a Spaceship Somewhere, Long After Empire’s Collapse

Today's poem is On a Spaceship Somewhere, Long After Empire's Collapse by Jesús I. Valles. This week, we're featuring poems related to outer space. Stars. Planets. Even aliens. What...

453: You Can Take Off Your Sweater, I’ve Made Today Warm

Today's poem is You Can Take Off Your Sweater, I've Made Today Warm by Paige Lewis. This week, we're featuring poems related to outer space. Stars. Planets. Even aliens....

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