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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452: The Ghosts of the Space Dogs

Today's poem is The Ghosts of the Space Dogs by Alexandra Oliver. This week, we're featuring poems related to outer space. Stars. Planets. Even aliens. What can we discover...

451: Dancing with Kiko on the Moon

Today's poem is Dancing with Kiko on the Moon by Rosebud Ben-Oni. This week, we're featuring poems related to outer space. Stars. Planets. Even aliens. What can we discover...

450: Essay on Reentry

Today's poem is Essay on Reentry by Reginald Dwayne Betts. This episode originally aired on January 27, 2020.

449: Soft-Bodied Animals Leave Few Traces

Today's poem is Soft-Bodied Animals Leave Few Traces by Mitchell Jacobs.

448: Telephone of the Wind

Today's poem is Telephone of the Wind by Eddie Kim.

447: We Eat Out Together

Today's poem is We Eat Out Together by Bernadette Mayer.

446: When Fannie Lou Hamer Said

Today's poem is When Fannie Lou Hamer Said by Mahogany L. Browne.

445: Pomegranate Means Grenade

Today's poem is Pomegranate Means Grenade by Jamaal May. This episode originally aired on January 28, 2020.

444: Mood Ring

Today's poem is Mood Ring by Jaswinder Bolina.

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