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joel
 Mar 27, 2020
Love it. I find listening to it before my day begins to be a great way to start the day.


 Jan 30, 2020

EB
 Jan 17, 2019
I don't always agree with Ms. Smith's takes on the poems in the intros, but she is always thought provoking, and I appreciate the exposure to new poets.

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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.

Episode Date
357: The Third Dimension
00:04:59
Today's poem is The Third Dimension by Tony Hoagland.
Apr 07, 2020
356: Momma Said
00:04:59
Today's poem is Momma Said by Candace Williams.
Apr 06, 2020
355: Hotel
00:04:59
Today's poem is Hotel by Lorna Dee Cervantes.
Apr 03, 2020
354: In the House of Maria Callas
00:04:59
Today's poem is In the House of Maria Callas by Steven Orlen.
Apr 02, 2020
353: For My People
00:05:00
Today's poem is For My People by Margaret Walker.
Apr 01, 2020
352: Interesting Times
00:04:59
Today's poem is Interesting Times by Mark Jarman.
Mar 31, 2020
351: Fish Heads
00:04:59
Today's poem is Fish Heads by R.A. Villanueva.
Mar 30, 2020
350: Obedience, or the Lying Tale
00:04:59
Today's poem is Obedience, or the Lying Tale by Jennifer Chang.
Mar 27, 2020
A message from Tracy
00:01:43
This is a special message from Tracy. It's a startling and anxious-making time, and our daily lives have been thrown into a state of upheaval. We want to hear from you. What kinds of poems would be useful for the thoughts and feelings you're living with? Reach out to us at bit.ly/slowdowncontact
Mar 26, 2020
349: Ikebana
00:04:59
Today's poem is Ikebana by Cathy Song.
Mar 26, 2020
348: Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand
00:04:59
Today's poem is Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand by Walt Whitman.
Mar 25, 2020
347: ABC for Refugees
00:04:59
Today's poem is ABC for Refugees by Monica Sok. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Mar 24, 2020
346: The Long Deployment
00:04:59
Today's poem is The Long Deployment by Jehanne Dubrow.
Mar 23, 2020
345: The Lovers
00:04:59
Today's poem is The Lovers by Timothy Liu.
Mar 20, 2020
344: Pale Colors in a Tall Field
00:05:00
Today's poem is Pale Colors in a Tall Field by Carl Phillips.
Mar 19, 2020
343: The Fifth Fact
00:04:59
Today's poem is The Fifth Fact by Sarah Browning.
Mar 18, 2020
342: Paramount
00:05:00
Today's poem is Paramount by Robin Coste Lewis. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Mar 17, 2020
341: Defeat
00:04:59
Today's poem is Defeat by Kahlil Gibran.
Mar 16, 2020
340: Eliza Harris
00:04:59
Today's poem is Eliza Harris by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
Mar 13, 2020
339: Spring
00:05:00
Today's poem is Spring by Rebecca Rainof. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Mar 12, 2020
338: Premonition
00:04:59
Today's poem is Premonition by Andrea Hollander.
Mar 11, 2020
337: Meditation on a Grapefruit
00:05:00
Today's poem is Meditation on a Grapefruit by Craig Arnold. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Mar 10, 2020
336: The Obstinate Comedy
00:04:59
Today's poem is The Obstinate Comedy by Michelle Boisseau.
Mar 09, 2020
335: I Invite My Parents to a Dinner Party
00:04:59
Today's poem is I Invite My Parents to a Dinner Party by Chen Chen.
Mar 06, 2020
334: Seeing the Ocean from a Night Flight
00:05:00
Today's poem is Seeing the Ocean from a Night Flight by Wang Xiaoni. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Mar 05, 2020
333: In Defense of Small Towns
00:05:00
Today's poem is In Defense of Small Towns by Oliver de la Paz.
Mar 04, 2020
332: An excerpt from Gates
00:05:00
Today's poem is an excerpt from Gates by Sahar Muradi. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Mar 03, 2020
331: "Let me tell you about my marvelous god"
00:04:59
Today's poem is "Let me tell you about my marvelous god" by Susan Stewart.
Mar 02, 2020
330: Girls Overheard While Assembling a Puzzle
00:05:00
Today's poem is Girls Overheard While Assembling a Puzzle by Mary Szybist.
Feb 28, 2020
329: Strawberries and Cream
00:05:00
Today's poem is Strawberries and Cream by Jeff Dolven. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Feb 27, 2020
328: A Joke about How Old We've Become
00:05:00
Today's poem is A Joke about How Old We've Become by Adam Clay.
Feb 26, 2020
327: Lincoln Town Car
00:05:00
Today's poem is Lincoln Town Car by Taylor Johnson. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Feb 25, 2020
326: Miz Rosa Rides the Bus
00:05:00
Today's poem is Miz Rosa Rides the Bus by Angela Jackson.
Feb 24, 2020
325: If You're Going to Look Like a Wolf They Have to Love You More Than They Fear You
00:05:00
Today's poem is If You're Going to Look Like a Wolf They Have to Love You More Than They Fear You. by Abigail Chabitnoy.
Feb 21, 2020
324: Of Being Sick and Tired
00:05:00
Today's poem is Of Being Sick and Tired by Ama Codjoe.
Feb 20, 2020
323: An excerpt from Personal Effects
00:05:00
Today's poem is an excerpt from Personal Effects by Solmaz Sharif.
Feb 19, 2020
322: Northeast Corridor
00:05:00
Today's poem is Northeast Corridor by Cat Richardson. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Feb 18, 2020
321: Inheritance
00:05:00
Today's poem is Inheritance by Camille Rankine.
Feb 17, 2020
320: How Can Black People Write About Flowers at a Time Like This
00:05:00
Today's poem is How Can Black People Write About Flowers at a Time Like This by Hanif Abdurraqib.
Feb 14, 2020
319: A Year Dot
00:05:00
Today's poem is A Year Dot by dg nanouk okpik.
Feb 13, 2020
318: Hurricane
00:05:00
Today's poem is Hurricane by Yona Harvey.
Feb 12, 2020
317: Meditation on Beauty
00:05:00
Today's poem is Meditation on Beauty by J. Estanislao Lopez.
Feb 11, 2020
316: He Dreams of Falling
00:05:00
Today's poem is He Dreams of Falling by Ruth Ellen Kocher.
Feb 10, 2020
315: I Will Love You Most When I Can Barely Remember Anything
00:05:00
Today's poem is I Will Love You Most When I Can Barely Remember Anything by William Evans.
Feb 07, 2020
314: Domestic
00:05:00
Today's poem is Domestic by Deborah Landau. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Feb 06, 2020
313: Abeyance
00:05:00
Today's poem is Abeyance by Rebecca Foust.
Feb 05, 2020
312: Return
00:05:00
Today's poem is Return by Gala Mukomolova. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
Feb 04, 2020
311: Listen,
00:05:00
Today's poem is Listen, by Barbara Crooker.
Feb 03, 2020
310: Mother Mind
00:05:00
Today's poem is Mother Mind by Julia Ward Howe.
Jan 31, 2020
309: Ships That Pass in the Night
00:05:00
Today's poem is Ships That Pass in the Night by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Jan 30, 2020
308: Let Me Tell You
00:05:00
Note: The audio of today’s episode features an incomplete version of Joseph Stroud’s poem. It will be updated. The full text of the poem is available on slowdownshow.org; we regret the omission. Today's poem is Let Me Tell You by Joseph Stroud.
Jan 29, 2020
307: Pomegranate Means Grenade
00:05:00
Today's poem is Pomegranate Means Grenade by Jamaal May.
Jan 28, 2020
306: Essay on Reentry
00:05:00
Today's poem is Essay on Reentry by Reginald Dwayne Betts.
Jan 27, 2020
305: Wake Up
00:05:00
Today's poem is Wake Up by Carl Phillips.
Jan 24, 2020
304: Baby & I
00:05:00
Today's poem is Baby & I by Shira Erlichman.
Jan 23, 2020
303: Telling My Father
00:05:00
Today's poem is Telling My Father by James Crews.
Jan 22, 2020
302: Swimming in the Rain
00:05:00
Today's poem is Swimming in the Rain by Chana Bloch.
Jan 21, 2020
301: Confession
00:05:00
Today's poem is Confession by Leila Chatti.
Jan 20, 2020
300: Privacy
00:05:00
Today's poem is Privacy by Lee Upton.
Jan 17, 2020
299: Weight
00:05:00
Today's poem is Weight by John Freeman.
Jan 16, 2020
298: Snow-flakes
00:05:00
Today's poem is Snow-flakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Jan 15, 2020
297: The Clock
00:05:00
Today's poem is The Clock by Victoria Chang.
Jan 14, 2020
296: Making Zelnik at the Sibling Reunion
00:04:59
Today's poem is Making Zelnik at the Sibling Reunion by Karen Paul Holmes.
Jan 13, 2020
295: Voice
00:04:59
Today's poem is Voice by Kory Wells.
Jan 10, 2020
294: The Cup
00:04:59
Today's poem is The Cup by C.K. Williams.
Jan 09, 2020
293: Sitting Down to Breakfast Alone
00:04:59
Today's poem is Sitting Down to Breakfast Alone by Christian Wiman.
Jan 08, 2020
292: Remember
00:05:00
Today's poem is Remember by Joy Harjo.
Jan 07, 2020
291: Jabberwocky
00:05:00
Today's poem is Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.
Jan 06, 2020
290: The Birds of New York
00:05:00
Today's poem is The Birds of New York by Francisco X. Alarcón.
Jan 03, 2020
289: The Traveling Onion
00:05:00
Today's poem is The Traveling Onion by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Jan 02, 2020
288: On the Turning of the Year
00:05:00
Today's poem is On the Turning of the Year by Karen An-Hwei Lee.
Jan 01, 2020
287: Prayer On Aladdin's Lamp
00:04:59
Today's poem is Prayer On Aladdin's Lamp by Marcus Wicker. This episode originally aired Dec. 19, 2018.
Dec 31, 2019
286: How We Programmed the Apocalypse
00:05:00
Today's poem is How We Programmed the Apocalypse by Zoë Hitzig.
Dec 30, 2019
285: Kerosene Litany
00:05:00
Today's poem is Kerosene Litany by Mahogany L. Browne.
Dec 27, 2019
284: Holy
00:05:00
Today's poem is Holy by Nancy Krygowski.
Dec 26, 2019
283: When Giving Is All We Have
00:05:00
Today's poem is When Giving Is All We Have by Alberto Ríos.
Dec 25, 2019
282: Waiting for Happiness
00:05:00
Today's poem is Waiting for Happiness by Nomi Stone.
Dec 24, 2019
281: Penalty Shot
00:05:00
Today's poem is Penalty Shot by Ishion Hutchinson.
Dec 23, 2019
280: Outside my Harlem Window
00:05:00
Today's poem is Outside my Harlem Window by Lauren Whitehead.
Dec 20, 2019
279: Excerpt from Nature Poem
00:05:00
Today's poem is an excerpt from Nature Poem by Tommy Pico.
Dec 19, 2019
278: Thanks
00:05:00
Today's poem is Thanks by W.S. Merwin.
Dec 18, 2019
277: Assail As Sail Ails As
00:05:00
Today's poem is Assail As Sail Ails As by Dora Malech.
Dec 17, 2019
276: Interrogation Suite: Where did you come from / how did you arrive?
00:05:00
Today's poem is Interrogation Suite: Where did you come from / how did you arrive? by Remica Bingham-Risher.
Dec 16, 2019
275: What a Cyborg Wants
00:05:00
Today's poem is What a Cyborg Wants by Franny Choi.
Dec 13, 2019
274: Initial Encounter with Locals
00:05:00
Today's poem is Initial Encounter with Locals by Hai-Dang Phan.
Dec 12, 2019
273: What Begets What Begets
00:04:59
Today's poem is What Begets What Begets by Rio Cortez.
Dec 11, 2019
272: Double Dutch
00:04:59
Today's poem is Double Dutch by Gregory Pardlo.
Dec 10, 2019
271: Sunlight and Chilies
00:05:00
Today's poem is Sunlight and Chilies by Vandana Khanna.
Dec 09, 2019
270: When I Am Six
00:05:00
Today's poem is When I Am Six by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.
Dec 06, 2019
269: For a Lost Fragment
00:05:00
Today's poem is For a Lost Fragment by Carol Moldaw.
Dec 05, 2019
268: Gate C22
00:05:00
Today's poem is Gate C22 by Ellen Bass.
Dec 04, 2019
267: Fly in Our Salad
00:05:00
Today's poem is Fly in Our Salad by Gary Whitehead.
Dec 03, 2019
266: After You Get Up Early On Memorial Day
00:05:00
Today's poem is After You Get Up Early On Memorial Day by Susanna Lang.
Dec 02, 2019
265: Amores Perros
00:05:00
Today's poem is Amores Perros by Angela Narciso Torres.
Nov 29, 2019
264: Sleeping with the Chihuahua
00:05:00
Today's poem is Sleeping with the Chihuahua by Tami Haaland.
Nov 28, 2019
263: Her Daughter's Eyes
00:05:00
Today's poem is Her Daughter's Eyes by Luci Tapahonso.
Nov 27, 2019
262: The Season of Phantasmal Peace
00:05:00
Today's poem is The Season of Phantasmal Peace by Dereck Walcott.
Nov 26, 2019
261: Cancer
00:05:00
Today's poem is Cancer by Su Hwang.
Nov 25, 2019
260: Morning
00:05:00
Today's poem is Morning by Adam Zagajewski.
Nov 22, 2019
259: Opus from Space
00:05:00
Today's poem is Opus from Space by Pattiann Rogers.
Nov 21, 2019
258: song: for my high school sweetheart
00:05:00
Today's poem is song: for my high school sweetheart by Yaya Yao.
Nov 20, 2019
257: Eros the Contagion
00:05:00
Today's poem is Eros the Contagion by Annie Kim.
Nov 19, 2019
256: Afterwords
00:05:00
Today's poem is Afterwords by Mark Strand.
Nov 18, 2019
255: The Old Country
00:05:00
Today's poem is The Old Country by Karina Borowicz.
Nov 15, 2019
254: So Much Happiness
00:05:00
Today's poem is So Much Happiness by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Nov 14, 2019
253: The Voyage Nowhere
00:05:00
Today's poem is The Voyage Nowhere by Jennifer Soong.
Nov 13, 2019
252: Frequently Asked Questions: #7
00:05:00
Today's poem is Frequently Asked Questions: #7 by Camille T. Dungy.
Nov 12, 2019
251: Feet
00:05:00
Today's poem is Feet by Alan Shapiro.
Nov 11, 2019
250: Passage
00:05:00
Today's poem is Passage by Joseph Stroud.
Nov 08, 2019
249: Hospital Linens
00:05:00
Today's poem is Hospital Linens by Marianne Boruch.
Nov 07, 2019
248: [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.]
00:05:00
Today's poem is [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.] by Dawn Lundy Martin.
Nov 06, 2019
247: Tide Pool
00:05:00
Today's poem is Tide Pool by John Balaban.
Nov 05, 2019
246: On Election Day
00:05:00
Today's poem is On Election Day by Charles Bernstein.
Nov 04, 2019
245: Push the Week
00:05:00
Today's poem is Push the Week by Jackie Kay.
Nov 01, 2019
244: We Are Not Responsible
00:05:00
Today's poem is We Are Not Responsible by Harryette Mullen.
Oct 31, 2019
243: My Aunts
00:05:00
Today's poem is My Aunts by Meghan O'Rourke.
Oct 30, 2019
242: Falling from the Roof of the Free World
00:05:00
Today's poem is Falling from the Roof of the Free World by Willa Carroll.
Oct 29, 2019
241: Lisle, Illinois, November 1972
00:05:00
Today's poem is Lisle, Illinois, November 1972 by Robin Silbergleid.
Oct 28, 2019
240: Processional
00:05:00
Today's poem is Processional by Joanna Klink.
Oct 25, 2019
239: Elegy for Almost
00:05:00
Today's poem is Elegy for Almost by Rebecca Lehmann.
Oct 24, 2019
238: Cindy Comes To Hear Me Read
00:05:00
Today's poem is Cindy Comes To Hear Me Read by Jill McDonough.
Oct 23, 2019
237: Workshop
00:05:00
Today's poem is Workshop by Jacob Shores-Arguello.
Oct 22, 2019
236: Polaroid Ode
00:05:00
Today's poem is Polaroid Ode by Cori Winrock.
Oct 21, 2019
235: Body and Soul
00:04:59
Today's poem is Body and Soul by Charles Wright.
Oct 18, 2019
234: Last Kiss
00:04:59
Today's poem is Last Kiss by Jane Ebihara.
Oct 17, 2019
233: On the D Train
00:04:59
Today's poem is On the D Train by Jacqueline Johnson.
Oct 16, 2019
232: My Embodiment
00:04:59
Today's poem is My Embodiment by Craig Morgan Teicher.
Oct 15, 2019
231: My Grandmother's Love Letters
00:04:59
Today's poem is My Grandmother's Love Letters by Hart Crane.
Oct 14, 2019
230: My Mother of Invention
00:05:00
Today's poem is My Mother of Invention by Michael Collier.
Oct 11, 2019
229: Pig
00:05:00
Today's poem is Pig by Henri Cole.
Oct 10, 2019
228: Hair
00:05:00
Today's poem is Hair by Clarence Major.
Oct 09, 2019
227: Club Icarus
00:05:00
Note: This poem contains an instance of explicit language. Today's poem is Club Icarus by Matt Miller. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy; Tracy K. Smith returns this week.
Oct 08, 2019
226: No War
00:05:00
Note: This poem contains an instance of explicit language. Today's poem is No War by Mariam Fayez. This episode features guest host Tina Chang; Tracy K. Smith returns this week.
Oct 07, 2019
225: The Government Has Been Canceled
00:05:00
Today's poem is The Government Has Been Canceled by Maya Catherine Popa.
Oct 04, 2019
224: Birthday Poem
00:05:00
Today's poem is Birthday Poem by Paisley Rekdal.
Oct 03, 2019
223: sorrows by Lucille Clifton
00:05:00
Today's poem is sorrows by Lucille Clifton.
Oct 02, 2019
222: The opposite of the ocean is no ocean.
00:05:00
Today's poem is The opposite of the ocean is no ocean. by Cathy Linh Che.
Oct 01, 2019
221: enough food and a mom
00:05:00
Today's poem is enough food and a mom by Francine J. Harris.
Sep 30, 2019
220: Through a Glass Through Which We Cannot See
00:05:00
Today's poem is Through a Glass though Which We Cannot See by Lo Kwa Mei-en. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
Sep 27, 2019
219: Personals
00:05:00
Today's poem is Personals by C.D. Wright. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
Sep 26, 2019
218: Enough
00:05:00
Today's poem is Enough by Suzanne Buffam. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
Sep 25, 2019
217: Essay on Wood
00:05:00
Today's poem is Essay on Wood by James Richardson. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
Sep 24, 2019
216: The Wooden Overcoat
00:05:14
Today's poem is The Wooden Overcoat by Rick Barot. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
Sep 23, 2019
215: Even The Rain
00:05:00
Today’s poem is Even The Rain by Agha Shahid Ali.
Sep 20, 2019
214: The Barbarians Are Coming
00:05:00
Today’s poem is The Barbarians Are Coming by Marilyn Chin.
Sep 19, 2019
213: Closure
00:05:00
Today’s poem is Closure by Paul Tran.
Sep 18, 2019
212: Drip
00:05:00
Today’s poem is Drip by Quenton Baker.
Sep 17, 2019
211: One Is One
00:05:00
Today’s poem is One Is One by Marie Ponsot.
Sep 16, 2019
210: Anemoia
00:05:00
Today's poem is Anemoia by Keetje Kuipers. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
Sep 13, 2019
209: Discovery
00:05:00
Today's poem is Discovery by Natalie Scenters-Zapico. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
Sep 12, 2019
208: Killdeer
00:05:00
Today's poem is Killdeer by Nick Flynn. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
Sep 11, 2019
207: Parable for Refugees
00:05:00
Today's poem is Parable for Refugees by Ladan Osman. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
Sep 10, 2019
206: Marriage
00:05:13
Today's poem is Marriage by Sarah Gambito. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
Sep 09, 2019
205: Music from Childhood
00:05:25
Today's poem is Music from Childhood by John Yau.
Sep 06, 2019
204: Remember What I Came Here to Do to This World Very Little Actually
00:04:59
Today's poem is Remember What I Came Here to Do to This World Very Little Actually by Alice Notley.
Sep 05, 2019
203: Sister as Moving Object
00:05:00
Today's poem is Sister as Moving Object by Jan Beatty.
Sep 04, 2019
202: Losers
00:05:00
Today's poem is Losers by Jay Bernard.
Sep 03, 2019
201: Freeway 280
00:05:25
Today's poem is Freeway 280 by Lorna Dee Cervantes.
Sep 02, 2019
200: Left to ask
00:05:00
Today's poem is Left to ask by Michael Klein.
Aug 30, 2019
199: Small Kindnesses
00:05:00
Today's poem is Small Kindnesses by Danusha Lameris.
Aug 29, 2019
198: Night Work
00:05:50
Today's poem is Night Work by Ed Bok Lee.
Aug 28, 2019
197: Tornado Child
00:05:00
Today's poem is Tornado Child by Kwame Dawes.
Aug 27, 2019
196: Bargain
00:05:00
Today's poem is Bargain by Andrea Cohen.
Aug 26, 2019
195: Update
00:05:00
Today's poem is Update by Amy Gerstler.
Aug 23, 2019
194: A world’s too little for thy tent, a grave too big for me
00:05:00
Today's poem is A world's too little for thy tent, a grave too big for me by Connie Voisine.
Aug 22, 2019
193: Winter Trees
00:05:00
Today's poem is Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams.
Aug 21, 2019
192: The Death of an Elephant
00:05:00
Today's poem is The Death of an Elephant by Gianfranco Pagnucci.
Aug 20, 2019
191: Staying Alive
00:05:00
Today's poem is Staying Alive by David Wagoner.
Aug 19, 2019
190: World Word by Eamon Grennan
00:05:00
Today's poem is World Word by Eamon Grennan.
Aug 16, 2019
189: Old Farmer
00:05:00
Today's poem is Old Farmer by Vievee Francis.
Aug 15, 2019
188: Failure
00:05:00
Today's poem is Failure by Eugene Gloria.
Aug 14, 2019
187: Summary of Fifteen Years
00:05:00
Today's poem is Summary of Fifteen Years by Suzanne Cleary.
Aug 13, 2019
186: Directions To Finding You, Or Maybe Just An Inferior Prayer
00:05:00
Today's poem is Directions To Finding You, Or Maybe Just An Inferior Prayer by Angel Nafis.
Aug 12, 2019
185: Hit
00:05:00
Today's poem is Hit.
Aug 09, 2019
184: Heirloom
00:05:00
Today's poem is Heirloom by Lauren Clark.
Aug 08, 2019
183: A Room at Last
00:05:00
Today's poem is A Room at Last by Ko Un.
Aug 07, 2019
182: Writing a Poem
00:05:00
Today's poem is Writing a Poem by Shirley Geok-lin Lim.
Aug 06, 2019
181: Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight
00:05:00
Today's poem is Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight by Jane Hirshfield.
Aug 05, 2019
180: Evening Sun
00:05:00
Today's poem is Evening Sun by Jane Kenyon.
Aug 02, 2019
179: Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens
00:05:00
Today's poem is Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens by Matthea Harvey.
Aug 01, 2019
178: God
00:05:00
Today's poem is God by Marsha de la O.
Jul 31, 2019
177: Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound
00:05:00
Today's poem is Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound by Ellen Bass.
Jul 30, 2019
176: The Boatman
00:05:00
Today's poem is The Boatman by Carolyn Forché.
Jul 29, 2019
175: Immigrant Can't Write Poetry
00:05:00
Today's poem is Immigrant Can't Write Poetry by Wang Ping.
Jul 26, 2019
174: Casa
00:05:00
Today's poem is Casa by Rigoberto Gonzalez.
Jul 25, 2019
173: Strong Men, Riding Horses
00:05:00
Today's poem is Strong Men, Riding Horses by Tishani Doshi.
Jul 24, 2019
172: Poem for Passengers
00:05:00
Today's poem is Poem for Passengers by Matthew Zapruder.
Jul 23, 2019
171: Spring Morning
00:05:00
Today's poem is Spring Morning by A.A. Milne.
Jul 22, 2019
170: Dantalion
00:05:00
Today's poem is Dantalion by Jeffrey Thomson.
Jul 19, 2019
169: Haiku
00:05:00
Today's poem is Haiku by Etheridge Knight.
Jul 18, 2019
168: What Does It Say
00:05:00
Today's poem is What Does It Say by Tess Gallagher.
Jul 17, 2019
167: Material
00:05:00
Today's poem is Material by Sarah Rose Nordgren.
Jul 16, 2019
166: Variations in Blue
00:05:00
Today's poem is Variations in Blue by Lauren K. Alleyne.
Jul 15, 2019
165: This Is Not a Small Voice
00:05:00
Today's poem is This Is Not a Small Voice by Sonia Sanchez.
Jul 12, 2019
164: Silence
00:05:00
Today's poem is Silence by Marianne Moore.
Jul 11, 2019
163: A Small Needful Fact
00:05:00
Today's poem is A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay.
Jul 10, 2019
162: Our Valley
00:05:00
Today's poem is Our Valley by Philip Levine.
Jul 09, 2019
161: [as freedom is a breakfastfood]
00:05:00
Today's poem is [as freedom is a breakfastfood] by e.e. cummings.
Jul 08, 2019
160: Courtyard Fire
00:05:00
Today's poem is Courtyard Fire by Arthur Sze.
Jul 05, 2019
159: from here i saw what happened and i cried
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Today's poem is from here i saw what happened and i cried by t'ai freedom ford.
Jul 04, 2019
158: In prison
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Today's poem is In prison by Jean Valentine.
Jul 03, 2019
157: To the Woman at the United Airlines Check-in Desk at Newark
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Today's poem is To the Woman at the United Airlines Check-in Desk at Newark by Nick Laird.
Jul 02, 2019
156: after the reading
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Today's poem is after the reading by Lucille Clifton.
Jul 01, 2019
155: Borderline Mambo
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Today's poem is Borderline Mambo by Rita Dove.
Jun 28, 2019
154: No Apology: A Poemifesto
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Today's poem is No Apology: A Poemifesto by Carmen Smith Giménez.
Jun 27, 2019
153: The Heaven of Animals
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Today's poem is The Heaven of Animals by James Dickey.
Jun 26, 2019
152: Europa Nostra
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Today's poem is Europa Nostra by Nathalie Handal.
Jun 25, 2019
151: The Fitting
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Today's poem is The Fitting by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Jun 24, 2019
150: On Time
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Today's poem is On Time by John Milton.
Jun 21, 2019
149: Red Rover
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Today's poem is Red Rover by Claire Wahmanholm.
Jun 20, 2019
148: The Clam
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Today's poem is The Clam by Keith Leonard.
Jun 19, 2019
147: Changeling
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Today's poem is Changeling by Hieu Minh Nguyen.
Jun 18, 2019
146: The White Fires of Venus
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Today's poem is The White Fires of Venus by Denis Johnson.
Jun 17, 2019
145: Mighty Pawns
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Today's poem is Mighty Pawns by Major Jackson.
Jun 14, 2019
144: The Preacher Addresses the Seminarians
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NOTE: This poem contains an instance of explicit language. Today's poem is The Preacher Addresses the Seminarians by Christian Wiman.
Jun 13, 2019
143: Untitled
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Today's poem is Untitled by Sesshu Foster.
Jun 12, 2019
142: Ozymandias
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Today's poem is Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Jun 11, 2019
141: Ego
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Today's poem is Ego by Denise Duhamel.
Jun 10, 2019
140: To the Thawing Wind
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Today's poem is To the Thawing Wind by Robert Frost.
Jun 07, 2019
139: Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing
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Today's poem is Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing by Toi Derricotte.
Jun 06, 2019
138: Still Life with Aspirin
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Today's poem is Still Life with Aspirin by Lucie Brock-Broido.
Jun 05, 2019
137: What Kind of Times Are These
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Today's poem is What Kind of Times Are These by Adrienne Rich.
Jun 04, 2019
136: Where There Were Steep Riverbanks
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Today's poem is Where There Were Steep Riverbanks by Circe Maia.
Jun 03, 2019
135: Circe
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Today's poem is Circe by H.D.
May 31, 2019
134: Beehive
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Today's poem is Beehive by Jean Toomer.
May 30, 2019
133: Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg
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Today's poem is Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg by Richard Hugo.
May 29, 2019
132: Punishment
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Today's poem is Punishment by Seamus Heaney.
May 28, 2019
131: I Loved You Before I Was Born
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Today's poem is I Loved You Before I Was Born by Li-Young Lee.
May 27, 2019
130: Dancing Bear
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Today's poem is Dancing Bear by Richard Scott.
May 24, 2019
129: The Year I Had Cancer
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Today's poem is The Year I Had Cancer by Brad Buchanan.
May 23, 2019
128: Safe house
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Today’s poem is Safe house by Busisiwe Mahlangu.
May 22, 2019
127: Big Finish
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Today’s poem is Big Finish by Kimberly Johnson.
May 21, 2019
126: My Parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary
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Today’s poem is My Parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary by Aaron Smith.
May 20, 2019
125: Yoko
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Today's poem is Yoko by Thom Gunn.
May 17, 2019
124: the break
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Today's poem is the break by Nate Marshall.
May 16, 2019
123: When Vision Narrows To A Single Beam of Light
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Today’s poem is When Vision Narrows To A Single Beam of Light by Eleanor Wilner.
May 15, 2019
122: Whipping Tree
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Today's poem is Whipping Tree by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
May 14, 2019
121: A Room of Her Own
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Today's poem is A Room of Her Own by Ming Di.
May 13, 2019
120: What’s Left
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Today's poem is What's Left by Kerry Hardie.
May 10, 2019
119: He Said
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Today's poem is He Said by Gerald Stern.
May 09, 2019
118: Migraine: Aura and Aftermath
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Today's poem is Migraine: Aura and Aftermath by Claudia Emerson.
May 08, 2019
117: To The Republic
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Today's poem is To The Republic by Frank Bidart.
May 07, 2019
116: Record Changer
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Today's poem is Record Changer by Adrian Matejka.
May 06, 2019
115: Michiko Dead
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Today's poem is Michiko Dead by Jack Gilbert.
May 03, 2019
114: Burial
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Today's poem is Burial by Koleka Putuma.
May 02, 2019
113: First Will & Testament
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Today's poem is First Will & Testament by sam sax.
May 01, 2019
112: The Darkling Thrush
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Today's poem is The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy.
Apr 30, 2019
111: Bored
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Today's poem is Bored by Margaret Atwood.
Apr 29, 2019
110: We Lived Happily During The War
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Today's poem is We Lived Happily During The War by Ilya Kaminsky.
Apr 26, 2019
109: Pearl
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Today's poem is Pearl by Dorianne Laux.
Apr 25, 2019
108: Backwards
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Today's poem is Backwards by Warsan Shire.
Apr 24, 2019
107: Thank You For Waiting
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Today's poem is Thank You For Waiting by Simon Armitage.
Apr 23, 2019
106: Lake Michigan, Scene 3
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Today's poem is Lake Michigan, Scene 3 by Daniel Borzutzky.
Apr 22, 2019
105: I Just Hope I Can Sleep
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Today's poem is I Just Hope I Can Sleep by Dorothea Lasky.
Apr 19, 2019
104: Poem for an Antique Korean Fishing Bobber
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Today's poem is "Poem for an Antique Korean Fishing Bobber" by Dobby Gibson.
Apr 18, 2019
103: The Skylark
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Today's poem is The Skylark by John Clare.
Apr 17, 2019
102: Love Poem
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Today's poem is Love Poem by Donika Kelly.
Apr 16, 2019
101: Postcards from the Labyrinth
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Today's poem is Postcards from the Labyrinth by Johnny Lorenz.
Apr 15, 2019
100: New World Orchestra
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Today's poem is New World Orchestra by Ed Roberson.
Apr 12, 2019
99: Philadelphia
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Today's poem is Philadelphia by Emily Skaja.
Apr 11, 2019
98: stunt
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Today's poem is stunt by Monique Ferrell.
Apr 10, 2019
97: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [“You don’t seem to want it, but you wanted it”]
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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.
Apr 09, 2019
96: The Sun Rising
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Today's poem is The Sun Rising by John Donne.
Apr 08, 2019
95: A Very Good Dog
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Today's poem is A Very Good Dog by Matthew Dickman.
Apr 05, 2019
94: Anna May Wong on Silent Films
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Today's poem is Anna May Wong on Silent Films by Sally Wen Mao.
Apr 04, 2019
93: Purple Bathing Suit
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Today's poem is Purple Bathing Suit by Louise Gluck.
Apr 03, 2019
92: Always Alone
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Today's poem is Always Alone by Linda Gregg.
Apr 02, 2019
91: Consider Me
Today's poem is Consider Me by Langston Hughes.
Apr 01, 2019
90: Villanelle of the Suicide’s Mother
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Today's poem is Villanelle of the Suicide's Mother by C.K. Williams.
Mar 29, 2019
89: Crowning
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Today's poem is Crowning by Kevin Young.
Mar 28, 2019
88: Ars Poetica #28: African Leave-Taking Disorder
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Today's poem is Ars Poetica #28: African Leave-Taking Disorder by Elizabeth Alexander.
Mar 27, 2019
87: The Space Between Skins Is Called A Wound
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Today's poem is The Space Between Skins Is Called A Wound by Julian Randall.
Mar 26, 2019
86: Black cricket in the doorway, on the ceiling, in
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Today's poem is Black cricket in the doorway, on the ceiling, in by Quan Barry.
Mar 25, 2019
85: Night Surrender
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Today's poem is Night Surrender by Leila Ortiz.
Mar 22, 2019
84: Storm
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Today's poem is Storm by Tina Chang.
Mar 21, 2019
83: Spring and Fall
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Today's poem is Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Mar 20, 2019
82: I Watch Her Eat the Apple
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Today's poem is I Watch Her Eat the Apple by Natalie Diaz.
Mar 19, 2019
81: Parable of a Firstborn
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Today's poem is Parable of a Firstborn by Rebecca Morgan Frank.
Mar 18, 2019
80: Muse
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Today's poem is Muse by Loretta Collins Klobah.
Mar 15, 2019
79: Trans Is Against Nostalgia
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Today's poem is Trans Is Against Nostalgia by Taylor Johnson.
Mar 14, 2019
78: Introduction to Patriarchy
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Today's poem is Introduction to Patriarchy by Chelsea Rathburn.
Mar 13, 2019
77: Utsuroi
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Today's poem is Utsuroi by Lee Ann Roripaugh.
Mar 12, 2019
76: Listen
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Today's poem is Listen by Didi Jackson.
Mar 11, 2019
75: The Unwritten
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Today's poem is The Unwritten by W.S. Merwin.
Mar 08, 2019
74: Waking Up
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Today's poem is Waking Up by Thomas James.
Mar 07, 2019
73: If They Come for Us
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Today's poem is If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar.
Mar 06, 2019
72: Bat
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Today's poem is Bat by D.H. Lawrence.
Mar 05, 2019
71: Naomi
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Today's poem is Naomi by Tjawangwa Dema.
Mar 04, 2019
70: On the Death of WWE Professional Wrestler Chyna
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Today's poem is On the Death of WWE Professional Wrestler Chyna by Hala Alyan.
Feb 28, 2019
69: On Days When We Both Travel
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Today's poem is On Days When We Both Travel by Brenda Hillman.
Feb 28, 2019
68: The Line-Up
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Today's poem is The Line-Up by Joan Swift.
Feb 27, 2019
67: Out of Some Other Paradise
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Today's poem is Out of Some Other Paradise by Alex Dimitrov.
Feb 26, 2019
66: Still Life with Little Brother
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Today's poem is Still Life with Little Brother by Joshua Bennett.
Feb 25, 2019
65: Kosmos
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Today's poem is Kosmos by Walt Whitman.
Feb 22, 2019
64: I like to see it lap the Miles
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Today's poem is I like to see it lap the Miles by Emily Dickinson
Feb 21, 2019
63: Wind
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Today's poem is Wind by James Fenton.
Feb 20, 2019
62: supply and demand
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Today's poem is supply and demand by Evie Shockley.
Feb 19, 2019
61: Europe
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Today's poem is Europe by Kiki Petrosino.
Feb 18, 2019
60: Tamed
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Today's poem is Tamed by Tyree Daye.
Feb 15, 2019
59: Coming Out
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Today's poem is Coming Out by Iliana Rocha.
Feb 14, 2019
58: The Singing School
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Today's poem is The Singing School by Eloise Klein Healy.
Feb 13, 2019
57: In Memory of Shame
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Today's poem is In Memory of Shame by Karenne Wood.
Feb 12, 2019
56: Name that Means Holy in Greek
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Today's poem is Name That Means Holy in Greek by Kim Addonzio.
Feb 11, 2019
55: America (Peaches)
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Today's poem is America (peaches) by Kathleen Graber.
Feb 08, 2019
54: Dancing in Buses
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Today's poem is Dancing in Buses by Javier Zamora.
Feb 07, 2019
53: Boy in Park
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Today's poem is Boy in Park by Laura Kasischke.
Feb 06, 2019
52: Gizzard Song
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Today's poem is Gizzard Song by Dean Young.
Feb 05, 2019
51: The Mystical Rose
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Today's poem is The Mystical Rose by Adelia Prado.
Feb 04, 2019
50: Dear P.
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Today's poem is Dear P. by Victoria Chang.
Feb 01, 2019
49: The View
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Today's poem is The View by Tim Seibles.
Jan 31, 2019
48: Elegy for Smoking
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Today's poem is Elegy for Smoking by Patrick Phillips.
Jan 30, 2019
47: The Emperor’s Deer
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Today's poem is The Emperor's Deer by Kamilah Aisha Moon.
Jan 29, 2019
46: Origin Stories
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Today's poem is Origin Stories by Safia Elhillo.
Jan 28, 2019
45: Self-Portrait with Sylvia Plath’s Braid
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Today's poem is Self-Portrait with Sylvia Plath's Braid by Diane Seuss.
Jan 25, 2019
44: Swatting Flies
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Today's poem is Swatting Flies by Austin Smith.
Jan 24, 2019
43: Black is Beautiful
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Today's poem is Black is Beautiful by Monica A. Hand.
Jan 23, 2019
42: Flesh
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Today's poem is Flesh by Yi Lei.
Jan 22, 2019
41: Sweeping the States
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Today's episode Sweeping the States by Jacob Saenz.
Jan 21, 2019
40: Kettling
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Today's poem is Kettling by January Gill O'Neil.
Jan 18, 2019
39: Walking Home
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Today's poem is Walking Home by Jay Udall.
Jan 17, 2019
38: Ode to the Pager
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Today's poem is Ode to the Pager by Marcus Jackson.
Jan 16, 2019
37: To My Twenty-Four-Year-Old Self
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Today's poem is To My Twenty-Four-Year-Old Self by Brenda Shaughnessy.
Jan 15, 2019
36: Quiet Places
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Today's poem is Quiet Places by Lemn Sissay.
Jan 14, 2019
35: Poem Where I Be a Doe & You, by Effect, Are a Wolf
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Today's poem is Poem in Which I Be a Doe & You, by Effect, Are a Wolf by Danez Smith
Jan 11, 2019
34: Speaking Tree
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Today's poem is Speaking Tree by Joy Harjo.
Jan 10, 2019
33: Photograph: Circa 1960
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Today's poem is Photograph: Circa 1960 by Angela Jackson.
Jan 09, 2019
32: Gentrifier
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Today's poem is Gentrifier by Franny Choi.
Jan 08, 2019
31: Turtle, Swan
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Today's poem is Turtle, Swan by Mark Doty.
Jan 07, 2019
30: Vows
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Today's poem is Vows by Melissa Stein.
Jan 04, 2019
29: Our Dead Friend
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Today's poem is Our Dead Friend by Alicia Suskin Ostriker.
Jan 03, 2019
28: On Kindness
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Today's poem is On Kindness by Aracelis Girmay.
Jan 02, 2019
27: The Raincoat
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Today's poem is The Raincoat by Ada Limon.
Jan 01, 2019
26: Against the Promise of a View
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Today's poem is Against the Promise of a View by Maureen N. McLane.
Dec 31, 2018
25: The Star Market
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Today's poem is The Star Market by Marie Howe.
Dec 28, 2018
24: A Talk with My Grandson, Age Six
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Today's poem is A Talk with My Grandson, Age Six by Wanda Coleman.
Dec 27, 2018
23: My Father at 49, Working the Night Shift at B&R Diesel
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Today's poem is My Father at 49, Working the Night Shift at B&R Diesel by Edgar Kunz.
Dec 26, 2018
22: Love (III)
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Today's poem is Love (III) by George Herbert.
Dec 25, 2018
21: ‘N’em
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Today's poem is 'N'em by Jericho Brown.
Dec 24, 2018
20: Therapist 4
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Today's poem is Therapist 4 by Bao Phi.
Dec 21, 2018
19: Hip-Hop Ghazal
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Today's poem is Hip-Hop Ghazal by Patricia Smith.
Dec 20, 2018
18: Prayer on Aladdin’s Lamp
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Today's poem is Prayer on Aladdin's Lamp by Marcus Wicker.
Dec 19, 2018
17: Woman on Cell Phone Dragging an Empty Cart Through Washington Square Park
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Today's poem is Woman on Cell Phone Dragging an Empty Cart Through Washington Square Park by Donna Masini.
Dec 18, 2018
16: Spring
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Spring by Arda Collins I was making a roast.The smell wafted from the kitchen into the living room,through the yellow curtains and into the sunlight.Bread warmed in the oven,and in my oven mitt, I managed to forgetthat I’d ever punched someone in the face.It seemed so long ago, I might not even have done it.I went out into the yard before darkand saw last year’s rake on the lawn.It was a cheap metal onethat tore up the old grass.I did that for a while.When I went back in the house,the roast was burned blackand the bread was hard.I sat on the couch and watched it get dark.I was getting hungry, but I felt afraidof seeing the refrigerator light go on.Then I would have to turn on other lights,and then what would I do?I heard a car pass once in a while.I thought about a time on vacationwhen I bought a newspaper and tomatoesfrom a supermarket I’d never heard of.I remembered an old bathing suit I had,but I couldn’t think of what happened to it.I could move away.I could get in the car right nowand drive all night,as soon as I had a sandwich.Turkey, tomato, mayo,Swiss, lettuce. It was exciting.I still had my shoes on. I drove to a truck stop.It was bright inside and I loved the world.I bought a sandwich and ate it from my lap while I drove.When I pulled up to my house it was quiet.    "Spring" from "It Is Daylight" by Arda Collins. Copyright © 2009 Yale University Press.
Dec 17, 2018
15: Old Wives’ Tales on Which I Was Fed
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Today's poem is Old Wives' Tales on Which I Was Fed by Jenny Xie.
Dec 14, 2018
14: Apocalypse, Umbrian Master, about 1490
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Today's poem is Apocalypse, Umbrian Master, about 1490 by Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
Dec 13, 2018
13: What the Memories Said
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Today's poem is What the Memories Said by Crystal Williams.
Dec 12, 2018
12: Hair on Fire
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Today's poem is Hair on Fire by Jim Daniels.
Dec 11, 2018
11: Poetry Recitation at St. Catherine’s School for Girls
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Today's poem is Poetry Recitation at St. Catherine's School for Girls by Tarfia Faizullah.
Dec 10, 2018
10: The Humanities
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Today's poem is The Humanities by Catherine Barnett
Dec 07, 2018
9: Portrait of the Alcoholic with Withdrawal
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Today's poem is Portrait of the Alcoholic with Withdrawal by Kaveh Akbar. Sign up for our newsletter at SlowdownShow.org.
Dec 06, 2018
8: Pentatina for Five Vowels
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Today's poem is Pentatina for Five Vowels by Campbell McGrath. Sign up for our newsletter at SlowdownShow.org.
Dec 05, 2018
7: Reverse Suicide
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Today's poem is Reverse Suicide by Matt Rasmussen.
Dec 04, 2018
6: Brokeheart: Just like that
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Today's poem is Brokeheart: Just like that by Patrick Rosal. Sign up for our newsletter at SlowdownShow.org.
Dec 03, 2018
5: In the Hospital
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Today's poem is In the Hospital by Chen Chen. Sign up for our newsletter at SlowdownShow.org.
Nov 30, 2018
4: Donating the Cake Dome
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Today's poem is Donating the Cake Dome by Lisa C. Krueger.
Nov 29, 2018
3: Proximities
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Today's poem is Proximities by Lia Purpura.
Nov 28, 2018
2: True Stories about Koko Taylor
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Today's poem is True Stories about Koko Taylor by Eve L. Ewing.
Nov 27, 2018
1: 564 park avenue
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Today's poem is 564 park avenue by Aja Monet.
Nov 26, 2018
Coming soon: The Slowdown
00:04:14
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. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith in late November.
Oct 01, 2018