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The Slowdown

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Every weekday, Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.
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05:25 | Sep 6th

Today's poem is Music from Childhood by John Yau.

05:13 | Sep 9th

Today's poem is Marriage by Sarah Gambito. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
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04:59 | Sep 5th

Today's poem is Remember What I Came Here to Do to This World Very Little Actually by Alice Notley.

05:00 | Sep 4th

Today's poem is Sister as Moving Object by Jan Beatty.

05:00 | Sep 3rd

Today's poem is Losers by Jay Bernard.

05:25 | Sep 2nd

Today's poem is Freeway 280 by Lorna Dee Cervantes.

05:00 | Aug 30th

Today's poem is Left to ask by Michael Klein.

05:00 | Aug 29th

Today's poem is Small Kindnesses by Danusha Lameris.

05:50 | Aug 28th

Today's poem is Night Work by Ed Bok Lee.

05:00 | Aug 27th

Today's poem is Tornado Child by Kwame Dawes.

05:00 | Aug 26th

Today's poem is Bargain by Andrea Cohen.

05:00 | Aug 23rd

Today's poem is Update by Amy Gerstler.

05:00 | Aug 22nd

Today's poem is A world's too little for thy tent, a grave too big for me by Connie Voisine.

05:00 | Aug 21st

Today's poem is Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams.

05:00 | Aug 20th

Today's poem is The Death of an Elephant by Gianfranco Pagnucci.

05:00 | Aug 19th

Today's poem is Staying Alive by David Wagoner.

05:00 | Aug 15th

Today's poem is Old Farmer by Vievee Francis.

05:00 | Aug 14th

Today's poem is Failure by Eugene Gloria.

05:00 | Aug 13th

Today's poem is Summary of Fifteen Years by Suzanne Cleary.

05:00 | Aug 12th

Today's poem is Directions To Finding You, Or Maybe Just An Inferior Prayer by Angel Nafis.

05:00 | Aug 8th

Today's poem is Heirloom by Lauren Clark.

05:00 | Aug 6th

Today's poem is Writing a Poem by Shirley Geok-lin Lim.

05:00 | Aug 5th

Today's poem is Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight by Jane Hirshfield.

05:00 | Aug 2nd

Today's poem is Evening Sun by Jane Kenyon.

05:00 | Aug 1st

Today's poem is Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens by Matthea Harvey.

05:00 | Jul 31st

Today's poem is God by Marsha de la O.

05:00 | Jul 30th

Today's poem is Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound by Ellen Bass.

05:00 | Jul 29th

Today's poem is The Boatman by Carolyn Forché.

05:00 | Jul 26th

Today's poem is Immigrant Can't Write Poetry by Wang Ping.

05:00 | Jul 25th

Today's poem is Casa by Rigoberto Gonzalez.

05:00 | Jul 24th

Today's poem is Strong Men, Riding Horses by Tishani Doshi.

05:00 | Jul 23rd

Today's poem is Poem for Passengers by Matthew Zapruder.

05:00 | Jul 22nd

Today's poem is Spring Morning by A.A. Milne.

05:00 | Jul 19th

Today's poem is Dantalion by Jeffrey Thomson.

05:00 | Jul 18th

Today's poem is Haiku by Etheridge Knight.

05:00 | Jul 17th

Today's poem is What Does It Say by Tess Gallagher.

05:00 | Jul 16th

Today's poem is Material by Sarah Rose Nordgren.

05:00 | Jul 15th

Today's poem is Variations in Blue by Lauren K. Alleyne.

05:00 | Jul 12th

Today's poem is This Is Not a Small Voice by Sonia Sanchez.

05:00 | Jul 11th

Today's poem is Silence by Marianne Moore.

05:00 | Jul 10th

Today's poem is A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay.

05:00 | Jul 9th

Today's poem is Our Valley by Philip Levine.

05:00 | Jul 8th

Today's poem is [as freedom is a breakfastfood] by e.e. cummings.

05:00 | Jul 5th

Today's poem is Courtyard Fire by Arthur Sze.

05:00 | Jul 4th

Today's poem is from here i saw what happened and i cried by t'ai freedom ford.

05:00 | Jul 3rd

Today's poem is In prison by Jean Valentine.

05:00 | Jul 2nd

Today's poem is To the Woman at the United Airlines Check-in Desk at Newark by Nick Laird.

05:00 | Jul 1st

Today's poem is after the reading by Lucille Clifton.

05:00 | Jun 28th

Today's poem is Borderline Mambo by Rita Dove.

05:00 | Jun 27th

Today's poem is No Apology: A Poemifesto by Carmen Giménez Smith.

05:00 | Jun 26th

Today's poem is The Heaven of Animals by James Dickey.

05:00 | Jun 25th

Today's poem is Europa Nostra by Nathalie Handal.

05:00 | Jun 24th

Today's poem is The Fitting by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

05:00 | Jun 21st

Today's poem is On Time by John Milton.

05:00 | Jun 20th

Today's poem is Red Rover by Claire Wahmanholm.

05:00 | Jun 19th

Today's poem is The Clam by Keith Leonard.

05:00 | Jun 18th

Today's poem is Changeling by Hieu Minh Nguyen.

05:00 | Jun 17th

Today's poem is The White Fires of Venus by Denis Johnson.

05:00 | Jun 14th

Today's poem is Mighty Pawns by Major Jackson.

05:08 | Jun 13th

Note: This poem contains an instance of explicit language. Today's poem is The Preacher Addresses the Seminarians by Christian Wiman.

05:00 | Jun 12th

Today's poem is Untitled Poem by Sesshu Foster.

05:00 | Jun 11th

Today's poem is Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

05:00 | Jun 10th

Today's poem is Ego by Denise Duhamel.

05:00 | Jun 7th

Today's poem is To the Thawing Wind by Robert Frost.

05:00 | Jun 6th

Today's poem is Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing by Toi Derricotte.

05:00 | Jun 5th

Today's poem is Still Life with Aspirin by Lucie Brock-Broido.

05:00 | Jun 4th

Today's poem is What Kind of Times Are These by Adrienne Rich.

05:00 | Jun 3rd

Today's poem is Where There Were Steep Riverbanks by Circe Maia.

05:00 | May 30th

Today's poem is Beehive by Jean Toomer.

05:00 | May 29th

Today's poem is Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg by Richard Hugo.

05:00 | May 28th

Today's poem is Punishment by Seamus Heaney.

05:00 | May 27th

Today's poem is I Loved You Before I Was Born by Li-Young Lee.

04:59 | May 24th

Today's poem is Dancing Bear by Richard Scott.

05:00 | May 23rd

Today's poem is The Year I Had Cancer by Brad Buchanan.

05:00 | May 22nd

Today's poem is Safe house by Busisiwe Mahlangu.

05:00 | May 21st

Today's poem is Big Finish by Kimberly Johnson.

05:00 | May 20th

Today's poem is My Parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary by Aaron Smith.

05:00 | May 17th

Today's poem is Yoko by Thom Gunn.

05:00 | May 16th

Today's poem is the break by Nate Marshall.

05:00 | May 15th

Today's poem is When Vision Narrows To A Single Beam of Light by Eleanor Wilner.

05:00 | May 14th

Today's poem is Whipping Tree by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

05:00 | May 13th

Today's poem is A Room of Her Own by Ming Di.

04:59 | May 10th

Today's poem is What's Left by Kerry Hardie.

04:59 | May 9th

Today's poem is He Said by Gerald Stern.

05:00 | May 8th

Today's poem is Migraine: Aura and Aftermath by Claudia Emerson.

04:59 | May 7th

Today's poem is To The Republic by Frank Bidart.

05:00 | May 6th

Today's poem is Record Changer by Adrian Matejka.

05:00 | May 3rd

Today's poem is Michiko Dead by Jack Gilbert.

04:59 | May 2nd

Today's poem is Burial by Koleka Putuma.

04:59 | May 1st

Today's poem is First Will & Testament by sam sax.

04:59 | Apr 30th

Today's poem is The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy.

04:59 | Apr 29th

Today's poem is Bored by Margaret Atwood.

04:59 | Apr 26th

Today's poem is We Lived Happily During The War by Ilya Kaminsky.

04:59 | Apr 25th

Today's poem is Pearl by Dorianne Laux.

05:00 | Apr 24th

Today's poem is Backwards by Warsan Shire.

05:00 | Apr 23rd

Today's poem is Thank You For Waiting by Simon Armitage.

04:59 | Apr 22nd

Today's poem is Lake Michigan, Scene 3 by Daniel Borzutzky.

04:59 | Apr 19th

Today's poem is I Just Hope I Can Sleep by Dorothea Lasky.

05:00 | Apr 18th

Today's poem is "Poem for an Antique Korean Fishing Bobber" by Dobby Gibson.

05:00 | Apr 17th

Today's poem is The Skylark by John Clare.

04:59 | Apr 16th

Today's poem is Love Poem by Donika Kelly.

05:00 | Apr 15th

Today's poem is Postcards from the Labyrinth by Johnny Lorenz.

05:00 | Apr 12th

Today's poem is New World Orchestra by Ed Roberson.

05:00 | Apr 11th

Today's poem is Philadelphia by Emily Skaja.

05:00 | Apr 10th

Today's poem is stunt by Monique Ferrell.

04:59 | Apr 9th

Today's poem is American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin ["You don't seem to want it, but you wanted it"] by Terrance Hayes.

05:00 | Apr 8th

Today's poem is The Sun Rising by John Donne.

05:00 | Apr 5th

Today's poem is A Very Good Dog by Matthew Dickman.

05:00 | Apr 4th

Today's poem is Anna May Wong on Silent Films by Sally Wen Mao.

05:00 | Apr 3rd

Today's poem is Purple Bathing Suit by Louise Gluck.

05:00 | Apr 2nd

Today's poem is Always Alone by Linda Gregg.

05:00 | Apr 1st

Today's poem is Consider Me by Langston Hughes.

05:00 | Mar 29th

Today's poem is Villanelle of the Suicide's Mother by C.K. Williams.

05:00 | Mar 28th

Today's poem is Crowning by Kevin Young.

05:00 | Mar 27th

Today's poem is Ars Poetica #28: African Leave-Taking Disorder by Elizabeth Alexander.

05:00 | Mar 26th

Today's poem is The Space Between Skins Is Called A Wound by Julian Randall.

05:00 | Mar 25th

Today's poem is Black cricket in the doorway, on the ceiling, in by Quan Barry.

04:59 | Mar 22nd

Today's poem is Night Surrender by Leila Ortiz.

04:59 | Mar 21st

Today's poem is Storm by Tina Chang.

05:00 | Mar 20th

Today's poem is Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

05:00 | Mar 19th

Today's poem is I Watch Her Eat the Apple by Natalie Diaz.

05:00 | Mar 18th

Today's poem is Parable of a Firstborn by Rebecca Morgan Frank.

05:00 | Mar 15th

Today's poem is Muse by Loretta Collins Klobah.

05:00 | Mar 14th

Today's poem is Trans Is Against Nostalgia by Taylor Johnson.

05:00 | Mar 13th

Today's poem is Introduction to Patriarchy by Chelsea Rathburn.