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Every weekday, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Poetry Foundation.
||Clean12: Hair on Fire||Today's poem is Hair on Fire by Jim Daniels.||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Poetry Recitation at St. Catherine's School for Girls||Today's poem is Poetry Recitation at St. Catherine's School for Girls by Tarfia Faizullah.||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: The Humanities||Today's poem is The Humanities by Catherine Barnett||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Portrait of the Alcoholic with Withdrawal||Today's poem is Portrait of the Alcoholic with Withdrawal by Kaveh Akbar. Sign up for our newsletter at SlowdownShow.org.||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Pentatina for Five Vowels||Today's poem is Pentatina for Five Vowels by Campbell McGrath. Sign up for our newsletter at SlowdownShow.org.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Reverse Suicide||Today's poem is Reverse Suicide by Matt Rasmussen.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Brokeheart: Just like that||Today's poem is Brokeheart: Just like that by Patrick Rosal. Sign up for our newsletter at SlowdownShow.org.||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: In the Hospital||Today's poem is In the Hospital by Chen Chen. Sign up for our newsletter at SlowdownShow.org.||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Donating the Cake Dome||Today's poem is Donating the Cake Dome by Lisa C. Krueger. Sign up for our newsletter at SlowdownShow.org.||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Proximities||Today's poem is Proximities by Lia Purpura.||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: True Stories about Koko Taylor||Today's poem is True Stories about Koko Taylor by Eve L. Ewing.||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: 564 park avenue||Today's poem is 564 park avenue by Aja Monet. Sign up for our newsletter at SlowdownShow.org.||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing soon: The Slowdown||Life is fast, intense and sometimes bewildering. But poetry offers a way of slowing things down, looking at them closely, mining each moment for all that it houses. Look for new episodes with U.S. ...||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Relieved and delighted to have found this podcast. Ms. Smith’s insightful, thoughtful introductions are such a rich introduction to the poems. (A couple times I forgot that I was not already listening to the poem itself.) she doesn’t exactly tell you what the poem “means,” or what to think about it — but she opens it up for me and makes it more available. And I love listening to her her soothing, clear voice. Thank you, Poet Laureate, Ms. Smith!
I’m loving this new podcast written and presented by Tracy K Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate since 2017. One poem every day, five minutes. It befits its own name, The Slowdown. It’s a mindfulness break with poetry. Give it a try and see if it doesn’t calm whatever is stirred up in you, create a space, then awaken an awareness or insight while leaving you restored. In five minutes. This is genius.
a daily breath
i’m already hooked on the slowdown. i begin my morning podcasts here and take a moment to breathe and listen to the voice of Tracy K. Smith. thoughtful commentary and poignant poems make an absolutely beautiful podcast.