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The Slowdown

By American Public Media

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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.

Customer Reviews


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.