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The Slowdown

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The Slowdown

The Slowdown

American Public Media

185
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1.1K
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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.

Latest Episodes

400: [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.]

Today's poem is [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.] by Dawn Lundy Martin. This episode originally aired on November 6, 2019.

4 MIN1 d ago
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400: [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.]

399: supply and demand

Today's poem is supply and demand by Evie Shockley. This episode originally aired on February 18, 2019.

4 MIN2 d ago
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399: supply and demand

398: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [“You don’t seem to want it, but you wanted it”]

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. This episode originally aired on April 9, 2019.

4 MIN3 d ago
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398: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [“You don’t seem to want it, but you wanted it”]

397: A Small Needful Fact

Today's poem is A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay. This episode originally aired July 10, 2019.

4 MIN4 d ago
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397: A Small Needful Fact

A message from Tracy

For the remainder of this week, we’ve chosen to replay episodes that take up questions of social justice. The outrage and heartbreak brought on by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other black citizens remind us that courageous dialogue about racial prejudice is critical to the survival of our culture. And we believe that poetry is a perfect vehicle for just such dialogue. -Tracy K. Smith

30 s4 d ago
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A message from Tracy

396: December

Today's poem is December by Cecily Parks.

4 MIN5 d ago
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396: December

395: Characters

Today's poem is Characters by Garous Abdolmalekian.

4 MIN1 w ago
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395: Characters

394: Blackbird Étude

Today's poem is Blackbird Étude by A.E. Stallings.

4 MIN1 w ago
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394: Blackbird Étude

393: Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster

Today's poem is Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster by Tess Taylor.

4 MIN1 w ago
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393: Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster

392: Here

Today's episode is Here by Grace Paley.

4 MIN1 w ago
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392: Here

Latest Episodes

400: [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.]

Today's poem is [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.] by Dawn Lundy Martin. This episode originally aired on November 6, 2019.

4 MIN1 d ago
Comments
400: [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.]

399: supply and demand

Today's poem is supply and demand by Evie Shockley. This episode originally aired on February 18, 2019.

4 MIN2 d ago
Comments
399: supply and demand

398: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [“You don’t seem to want it, but you wanted it”]

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. This episode originally aired on April 9, 2019.

4 MIN3 d ago
Comments
398: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [“You don’t seem to want it, but you wanted it”]

397: A Small Needful Fact

Today's poem is A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay. This episode originally aired July 10, 2019.

4 MIN4 d ago
Comments
397: A Small Needful Fact

A message from Tracy

For the remainder of this week, we’ve chosen to replay episodes that take up questions of social justice. The outrage and heartbreak brought on by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other black citizens remind us that courageous dialogue about racial prejudice is critical to the survival of our culture. And we believe that poetry is a perfect vehicle for just such dialogue. -Tracy K. Smith

30 s4 d ago
Comments
A message from Tracy

396: December

Today's poem is December by Cecily Parks.

4 MIN5 d ago
Comments
396: December

395: Characters

Today's poem is Characters by Garous Abdolmalekian.

4 MIN1 w ago
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395: Characters

394: Blackbird Étude

Today's poem is Blackbird Étude by A.E. Stallings.

4 MIN1 w ago
Comments
394: Blackbird Étude

393: Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster

Today's poem is Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster by Tess Taylor.

4 MIN1 w ago
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393: Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster

392: Here

Today's episode is Here by Grace Paley.

4 MIN1 w ago
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392: Here
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