The Slowdown

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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.


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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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Host Ada Limón delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. In just one turn of phrase, poetry can anchor us, or shift a moment, a day, or even a whole life. Join us for a poem and a moment of reflection in one short episode, every weekday. Produced by American Public Media in partnership with The Poetry Foundation.

Episode Date
[encore] 634: Nest
00:05:45

Today’s poem is Nest by Sarah Arvio. This episode was originally released on March 18, 2022.

Dec 01, 2022
[encore] 519: Missing Cat
00:05:04

Today’s poem is Missing Cat by Freesia McKee. This episode was originally released on October 8, 2021.

Nov 30, 2022
[encore] 618: Elegy for Kentucky
00:05:28

Today’s poem is Elegy for Kentucky by Joy Priest. This episode was originally released on February 24, 2022.

Nov 29, 2022
[encore] 651: Training
00:04:48

Today’s poem is Training by Diannely Antigua. This episode was originally released on April 12, 2022.

Nov 28, 2022
[encore] 689: Alive at the End of the World
00:05:57

Today’s poem is Alive at the End of the World by Saeed Jones. This episode was originally released on June 3, 2022.

Nov 25, 2022
[encore] 523: Our Valley
00:05:04

Today’s poem is Our Valley by Philip Levine. This episode was originally released on October 14, 2021.

Nov 24, 2022
[encore] 508: Rehearsal for the New World
00:04:43

Today’s poem is Rehearsal for the New World by Hazem Fahmy. This episode was originally released on September 23, 2021.

Nov 23, 2022
[encore] 673: New Town
00:05:17

Today’s poem is New Town by Aleksandar Hemon. This episode was originally released on May 12, 2022.

Nov 22, 2022
[encore] 521: Invocation
00:04:39

Today’s poem is Invocation by W. Todd Kaneko. This episode was originally released on October 12 2021.

Nov 21, 2022
[encore] 662: To Be in Love
00:04:55

Today’s poem is To Be in Love by Gwendolyn Brooks. This episode was originally released on April 27, 2022.

Nov 18, 2022
[encore] 612: After the Fire
00:05:04

Today’s poem is After the Fire by Gregory Fraser. This episode was originally released on February 16, 2022.

Nov 17, 2022
[encore] 549: Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem
00:04:47

Today’s poem is Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem by Matthew Olzmann. This episode was originally released on November 19, 2021.

Nov 16, 2022
[encore] 534: The moon rose over the bay. I had a lot of feelings.
00:05:02

Today’s poem is The moon rose over the bay. I had a lot of feelings. by Donika Kelly. This episode was originally released on October 29, 2021.

Nov 15, 2022
[encore] 648: Love is a Luminous Insect at the Window
00:05:02

Today’s poem is Love is a Luminous Insect at the Window by Martín Espada. This episode was originally released on April 7, 2022.

Nov 14, 2022
[encore] 644: Georgia O'Keeffe, "From the Faraway, Nearby," 1937
00:06:35

Today’s poem is Georgia O'Keeffe, "From the Faraway, Nearby," 1937 by Camille Carter. This episode was originally released on April 1, 2022.

Nov 11, 2022
[encore] 611: During the Pandemic I Listen to the July 26, 1965, Juan-les-Pins Recording of A Love Supreme
00:05:31

Today’s poem is During the Pandemic I Listen to the July 26, 1965, Juan-les-Pins Recording of A Love Supreme by Ellen Bass. This episode was originally released on February 15, 2022.

Nov 10, 2022
[encore] 646: every exquisite thing
00:05:27

Today’s poem is every exquisite thing by heidi andrea restrepo rhodes. This episode was originally released on April 5, 2022.

Nov 09, 2022
[encore] 595: Pegasus Autopsy
00:04:58

Today’s poem is Pegasus Autopsy by Julio Pazos Barrera. This episode was originally released on January 24, 2022.

Nov 08, 2022
[encore] 615: The Studio
00:05:05

Today’s poem is The Studio by Cedar Sigo. This episode was originally released on February 21 2022.

Nov 07, 2022
[encore] 629: Halfway
00:06:20

Today’s poem is Halfway by Paula Mendoza.

This episode was originally released on 3/11/2022.

Nov 04, 2022
[encore] 683: I Have a Rendezvous With Life
00:05:07

Today’s poem is I Have a Rendezvous With Life by Countee Cullen.

This episode was originally released on 5/26/2022.

Nov 03, 2022
[encore] 518: Metamorphosis: The Female Into
00:05:30

Today’s poem is Metamorphosis: The Female Into by Maggie Queeney.

This episode was originally released on 10/7/2021.

Nov 02, 2022
636: How to Hold the Heavy Weight of Now
00:05:00

Today’s poem is How to Hold the Heavy Weight of Now by Dana Levin.

This episode was originally released on 3/22/2022.

Nov 01, 2022
795: The End of Poetry
00:06:07

Today’s poem is The End of Poetry by Ada Limón.

Oct 31, 2022
794: High Fidelity
00:06:03

Today’s poem is High Fidelity by Tara Betts.

Oct 28, 2022
793: Children Listen
00:04:48

Today’s poem is Children Listen by Roger Reeves.

Oct 27, 2022
792: Trash
00:05:14

Today’s poem is Trash by Joshua Bennett.

Oct 26, 2022
791: Love Poem
00:05:34

Today’s poem is Love Poem by Jayme Ringleb.

Oct 25, 2022
790: Anxiety checks her phone again
00:05:46

Today’s poem is Anxiety checks her phone again by K.A. Hays.

Oct 24, 2022
789: hoop snake
00:06:14

Today’s poem is hoop snake by Rebecca Wee.

Oct 21, 2022
788: John Muir, A Dream, A Waterfall, A Mountain Ash
00:05:13

Today’s poem is John Muir, A Dream, A Waterfall, A Mountain Ash by Robert Hass.

Oct 20, 2022
787: The Orange
00:05:18

Today’s poem is The Orange by Wendy Cope.

Oct 19, 2022
786: Compassion Comes Late
00:05:10

Today’s poem is Compassion Comes Late by Fady Joudah.

Oct 18, 2022
785: Magdalene—The Seven Devils
00:05:43

Today’s poem is Magdalene—The Seven Devils by Marie Howe.

Oct 17, 2022
784: Sex Without Love
00:06:04

Today’s poem is Sex Without Love by Sharon Olds.

Oct 14, 2022
783: The Beginning of the Beginning
00:04:35

Today’s poem is The Beginning of the Beginning by Phuong T. Vuong.

Oct 13, 2022
782: The Strength of U
00:05:28

Today’s poem is The Strength of U by DeShara Suggs-Joe.

Oct 12, 2022
781: Cut Apple
00:04:39

Today’s poem is Cut Apple by Richelle Buccilli.

Oct 11, 2022
780: Edward Hopper Study: Hotel Room
00:05:05

Today’s poem is Edward Hopper Study: Hotel Room by Victoria Chang.

Oct 10, 2022
779: My Rock
00:05:54

Today’s poem is My Rock by Pat Mora.

Oct 07, 2022
778: Batter My Heart, Transgender'd God
00:05:03

Today’s poem is Batter My Heart, Transgender'd God by Meg Day.

Oct 06, 2022
777: The Lightkeeper
00:04:58

Today’s poem is The Lightkeeper by Carolyn Forché.

Oct 05, 2022
776: Bonfire Brides
00:05:52

Today’s poem is Bonfire Brides by Faylita Hicks.

Oct 04, 2022
775: A Case Study of Beethoven's Nine Symphonies
00:06:07

Today’s poem is A Case Study of Beethoven's Nine Symphonies by Keisha Cassel.

Oct 03, 2022
774: Uncertainty Principle at Dawn
00:05:51

Today’s poem is Uncertainty Principle at Dawn by Catherine Barnett.

Sep 30, 2022
773: The Dead Are Beautiful Tonight
00:05:12

Today’s poem is The Dead Are Beautiful Tonight by Luther Hughes.

Sep 29, 2022
772: On Friendship
00:05:00

Today’s poem is On Friendship by Hagit Grossman.

Sep 28, 2022
771: Your Damage
00:04:33

Today’s poem is Your Damage by Mary Biddinger.

Sep 27, 2022
770: And
00:05:28

Today’s poem is And by Nicole Sealey.

Sep 26, 2022
769: Meeting at an Airport
00:06:16

Today’s poem is Meeting at an Airport by Taha Muhammad Ali.

Sep 23, 2022
768: Lately I Am Trying
00:05:15

Today’s poem is Lately I Am Trying by Sanna Wani.

Sep 22, 2022
767: Love Poem
00:05:10

Today’s poem is Love Poem by Megan Fernandes.

Sep 21, 2022
766: All I Know
00:05:25

Today’s poem is All I Know by Paul Guest.

Sep 20, 2022
765: a fishing story.
00:05:02

Today’s poem is a fishing story. by Mia S. Willis.

Sep 19, 2022
764: Fides, Spes
00:06:18

Today’s poem is Fides, Spes by Willa Cather.

Sep 16, 2022
763: Erasure of Girlhood
00:05:02

Today’s poem is Erasure of Girlhood by Sarah María Medina.

Sep 15, 2022
762: Home is still possible there…
00:05:11

Today’s poem is Home is still possible there… by Kateryna Kalytko, translated by Olena Jennings and Oksana Lutsyshyna.

Sep 14, 2022
761: After
00:05:06

Today’s poem After by Andrea Cohen.

Sep 13, 2022
760: Song
00:04:40

Today’s poem is Song by Charif Shanahan.

Sep 12, 2022
759: Gitanjali 60
00:05:24

Today’s poem is Gitanjali 60 by Rabindranath Tagore.

Sep 09, 2022
758: What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade
00:04:49

Today’s poem is What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade by Brad Aaron Modlin.

Sep 08, 2022
757: February Augury
00:04:49

Today’s poem is February Augury by Sarah Ghazal Ali.

Sep 07, 2022
756: Songs for the People
00:04:57

Today’s poem is Songs for the People by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.

Sep 06, 2022
755: On Being Asked, "What Is Your Dream Job?"
00:05:07

Today’s poem is On Being Asked, "What Is Your Dream Job?" by Ally Ang.

Sep 05, 2022
754: from SHIFTING THE SILENCE
00:06:33

Today’s poem is from SHIFTING THE SILENCE by Etel Adnan.

Sep 02, 2022
753: List of Things To Say Instead of "I'm Fine"
00:05:34

Today’s poem is List of Things To Say Instead of "I'm Fine" by Marlin M. Jenkins.

Sep 01, 2022
752: Snow
00:05:31

Today’s poem is Snow by Louis MacNeice.

Aug 31, 2022
751: Behaving Like a Jew
00:05:24

Today’s poem is Behaving Like a Jew by Gerald Stern.

Aug 30, 2022
750: Ars Poetica
00:05:45

Today’s poem is Ars Poetica by Valzhyna Mort.

Aug 29, 2022
749: Sun Goes Up
00:06:08

Today’s poem is Sun Goes Up by Hilary-Anne Farley.

Aug 26, 2022
748: gather them & give them back to me.
00:05:04

Today’s poem is gather them & give them back to me. by Renia White.

Aug 25, 2022
747: The rest of a life
00:04:56

Today’s poem is The rest of a life by Mahmoud Darwish.

Aug 24, 2022
746: A Study of Beauty
00:05:20

Today’s poem is A Study of Beauty by Patrick Rosal.

Aug 23, 2022
745: My Name Is Not The Cruelest Month
00:04:56

Today’s poem is My Name Is Not The Cruelest Month by April Ranger.

Aug 22, 2022
744: Contentment
00:06:06

Today’s poem is Contentment by Rüştü Onur, translated by Hüseyin Alhas and Ulaş Özgün.

Aug 19, 2022
743: And the Word Was God
00:04:53

Today’s poem is And the Word Was God by Savannah Sipple.

Aug 18, 2022
742: In the end we are humanlike: Blade Runner 2049
00:04:58

Today’s poem is In the end we are humanlike: Blade Runner 2049 by Nina Mingya Powles.

Aug 17, 2022
741: Another Attempt at Rescue
00:04:47

Today’s poem is Another Attempt at Rescue by M.L. Smoker.

Aug 16, 2022
740: Shucking Oysters
00:06:15

Today’s poem is Shucking Oysters by Khalisa Rae.

Aug 15, 2022
739: Cherry Blossoms
00:05:59

Today’s poem is Cherry Blossoms by Toi Derricotte.

Aug 12, 2022
738: Park Benches with Teeth
00:05:11

Today’s poem is Park Benches with Teeth by Mohammed El-Kurd.

Aug 11, 2022
737: A Small Moment
00:04:33

Today’s poem is A Small Moment by Cornelius Eady.

Aug 10, 2022
736: For the Korean Grandmother on Sunset Boulevard
00:04:50

Today’s poem is For the Korean Grandmother on Sunset Boulevard by Christine Kitano.

Aug 09, 2022
735: Deep Learning
00:04:48

Today’s poem is Deep Learning by Ryann Stevenson.

Aug 08, 2022
734: A Man in My Bed Like Cracker Crumbs
00:04:22

Today’s poem is A Man in My Bed Like Cracker Crumbs by Sandra Cisneros. Today’s episode features guest host Nate Marshall.

Aug 05, 2022
733: Disease Is Not the Only Thing That Spreads
00:04:26

Today’s poem is Disease Is Not the Only Thing That Spreads by Seema Yasmin. Today’s episode features guest host Nate Marshall.

Aug 04, 2022
732: Caregiving
00:04:01

Today’s poem is Caregiving by Maya Marshall. Today’s episode features guest host Nate Marshall.

Aug 03, 2022
731: no name in the street
00:04:10

Today’s poem is n̶o̶ ̶n̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶t̶r̶e̶e̶t̶ by Aurielle Marie. Today’s episode features guest host Nate Marshall.

Aug 02, 2022
730: Borderland Apocrypha
00:05:40

Today’s poem is Borderland Apocrypha by Anthony Cody. Today’s episode features guest host Nate Marshall.

Aug 01, 2022
729: Fiery Young Colored Girl
00:04:45

Today’s poem is Fiery Young Colored Girl by Alison C. Rollins. Today’s episode features guest host Nate Marshall.

Jul 29, 2022
728: Grief Symphony
00:04:40

Today’s poem is Grief Symphony by Noor Hindi. Today’s episode features guest host Nate Marshall.

Jul 28, 2022
727: Ode to the Crossfader
00:04:21

Today’s poem is Ode to the Crossfader by John Murillo. Today’s episode features guest host Nate Marshall.

Jul 27, 2022
726: After Abolition
00:04:22

Today’s poem is After Abolition by Kyle Carrero Lopez. Today’s episode features guest host Nate Marshall.

Jul 26, 2022
725: Black Light
00:05:08

Today’s poem is Black Light by A. Van Jordan. Today’s episode features guest host Nate Marshall.

Jul 25, 2022
724: Conditionally
00:06:01

Today’s poem is Conditionally by Devin Kelly.

Jul 22, 2022
723: Divorce
00:04:44

Today’s poem is Divorce by José A. Alcantara.

Jul 21, 2022
722: Ghazal for Dogeaters
00:04:59

Today’s poem is Ghazal for Dogeaters by Danni Quintos.

Jul 20, 2022
721: Self-Portrait as Duckie Dale
00:05:25

Today’s poem is Self-Portrait as Duckie Dale by Nicky Beer.

Jul 19, 2022
720: The Trees are Down
00:05:31

Today’s poem is The Trees are Down by Charlotte Mew.

Jul 18, 2022
719: Museum of Sex
00:06:15

Today’s poem is Museum of Sex by Ellen Hagan.

Jul 15, 2022
718: Weeding
00:04:56

Today’s poem is Weeding by Dan Rosenberg.

Jul 14, 2022
717: Afterlife with a Gentle Afterward
00:05:12

Today’s poem is Afterlife with a Gentle Afterward by Matthew Henriksen.

Jul 13, 2022
716: Without
00:04:57

Today’s poem is Without by Joy Harjo.

Jul 12, 2022
715: I Dream of Horses Eating Cops
00:04:53

Today’s poem is I Dream of Horses Eating Cops by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza.

Jul 11, 2022
714: A Personality Test
00:06:04

Today’s poem is A Personality Test by Maureen Thorson.

Jul 08, 2022
713: how to make her stay
00:05:43

Today’s poem is how to make her stay by Shauna M. Morgan.

Jul 07, 2022
712: Saguaros
00:05:06

Today’s poem is Saguaros by Javier Zamora.

Jul 06, 2022
711: Droplet
00:04:47

Today’s poem is Droplet by Caitlin Scarano.

Jul 05, 2022
710: Acknowledgments
00:04:57

Today’s poem is Acknowledgments by Nkosi Nkululeko.

Jul 04, 2022
709: Work Song
00:05:29

Today’s poem is Work Song by Dawn Lundy Martin.

Jul 01, 2022
708: Bruised Peaches
00:04:54

Today’s poem is Bruised Peaches by Bronwen Tate.

Jun 30, 2022
707: Poem for My Children Born During the Sixth Extinction
00:05:11

Today’s poem is Poem for My Children Born During the Sixth Extinction by Laura Cresté.

Jun 29, 2022
706: Scavenged
00:05:05

Today’s poem is Scavenged by Dion O'Reilly.

Jun 28, 2022
705: The Bats
00:05:07

Today’s poem is The Bats by Mark Wunderlich.

Jun 27, 2022
704: Hunter's Moon
00:06:18

Today’s poem is Hunter's Moon by Ansel Elkins.

Jun 24, 2022
703: A Thousand Cardinals
00:05:42

Today’s poem is A Thousand Cardinals by Julian Randall.

Jun 23, 2022
702: Slow Drag with Branches of Pine
00:05:18

Today’s poem is Slow Drag with Branches of Pine by Ama Codjoe.

Jun 22, 2022
701: Summer Sorrow
00:05:29

Today’s poem is Summer Sorrow by Leonora Speyer.

Jun 21, 2022
700: Juneteenth, 2020
00:05:48

Today’s poem is Juneteenth, 2020 by Mariama J. Lockington.

Jun 20, 2022
699: Photosynthesis
00:05:42

Today’s poem is Photosynthesis by Ashley M. Jones.

Jun 17, 2022
698: Morning Freight
00:05:20

Today’s poem is Morning Freight by Sophia Terazawa.

Jun 16, 2022
697: When Light Leaves Her Eyes
00:05:07

Today’s poem is When Light Leaves Her Eyes by Kwame Dawes.

Jun 15, 2022
696: Reading Szymborska at Friday Harbor
00:06:35

Today’s poem is Reading Szymborska at Friday Harbor by Patrycja Humienik.

Jun 14, 2022
695: Pastoral
00:05:57

Today’s poem is Pastoral by Djuna Barnes.

Jun 13, 2022
694: Romance Is in the Air
00:05:50

Today’s poem is Romance Is in the Air by Danny Caine.

Jun 10, 2022
693: Portrait of the Artist
00:05:22

Today’s poem is Portrait of the Artist by Dorothy Parker.

Jun 09, 2022
692: Other Women's Babies
00:04:54

Today’s poem is Other Women's Babies by Rachel Long.

Jun 08, 2022
691: Final Poem for the "Field of Poetry"
00:05:01

Today’s poem is Final Poem for the "Field of Poetry" by Phillip B. Williams.

Jun 07, 2022
690: Deportation
00:05:15

Today’s poem is Deportation by Stella Wong.

Jun 06, 2022
689: Alive at the End of the World
00:05:57

Today’s poem is Alive at the End of the World by Saeed Jones.

Jun 03, 2022
688: [since feeling is first]
00:04:59

Today’s poem is [since feeling is first] by E.E. Cummings.

Jun 02, 2022
687: Ode to a Freckle above My Left Breast
00:04:49

Today’s poem is Ode to a Freckle above My Left Breast by Amy Haddad.

Jun 01, 2022
686: The Wealth
00:05:40

Today’s poem is The Wealth by Bianca Stone.

May 31, 2022
685: Trees at Night
00:05:20

Today’s poem is Trees at Night by Helene Johnson.

May 30, 2022
684: I Would Do Anything For Love, But I Won't
00:05:46

Today’s poem is I Would Do Anything For Love, But I Won't by Traci Brimhall.

May 27, 2022
683: I Have a Rendezvous With Life
00:05:07

Today’s poem is I Have a Rendezvous With Life by ​​Countee Cullen.

May 26, 2022
682: At Forty, the Mountains Are More Green
00:04:44

Today’s poem is At Forty, the Mountains Are More Green by Keetje Kuipers.

May 25, 2022
681: The Point
00:05:08

Today’s poem is The Point by C. Dale Young.

May 24, 2022
680: The Years That The Days and Months Turned Into
00:05:12

Today’s poem is The Years That The Days and Months Turned Into by Shafer Hall.

May 23, 2022
679: Self-Care
00:05:51

Today’s poem is Self-Care by Solmaz Sharif.

May 20, 2022
678: You're the One I Wanna Watch the Last Ships Go Down With
00:04:24

Today’s poem is You're the One I Wanna Watch the Last Ships Go Down With by Brian Tierney.

May 19, 2022
677: Practicing
00:05:25

Today’s poem is Practicing by Ciona Rouse.

May 18, 2022
676: Last Sundays at Bootleggers
00:04:56

Today’s poem is Last Sundays at Bootleggers by Carlos Andrés Gómez.

May 17, 2022
675: [chiasmus with all the other animals]
00:05:04

Today’s poem is [chiasmus with all the other animals] by Brenda Hillman.

May 16, 2022
674: My Ornithology (Orange-crowned Warbler)
00:06:31

Today’s poem is My Ornithology (Orange-crowned Warbler) by Hai-Dang Phan

May 13, 2022
673: New Town
00:05:17

Today’s poem is New Town by Aleksandar Hemon

May 12, 2022
672: The Cattle Dog
00:05:07

Today’s poem is The Cattle Dog by Jenn Givhan

May 11, 2022
671: September
00:04:52

Today’s poem is September by Alexis Sears.

May 10, 2022
670: Think of Me, Laughing
00:05:00

Today’s poem is Think of Me, Laughing by Major Jackson

May 09, 2022
669: Blueberries for Cal
00:05:07

Today’s poem is Blueberries for Cal by Brenda Shaughnessy

May 06, 2022
668: Lament
00:04:57

Today’s poem is Lament by Barbara Jane Reyes.

May 05, 2022
667: Now That You've Met God, Where to Go From Here
00:04:50

Today’s poem is Now That You've Met God, Where to Go From Here by Anthony Aguero

May 04, 2022
666: Against Mastery
00:05:46

Today’s poem is Against Mastery by Brionne Janae.

May 03, 2022
665: Metro-North
00:04:59

Today’s poem is Metro-North by Jason Barry.

May 02, 2022
664: Prayer Beginning with a Line by Czaykowski
00:05:33

Today’s poem is Prayer Beginning with a Line by Czaykowski by Pablo Piñero Stillmann.

Apr 29, 2022
663: The Evening Meeting
00:05:05

Today’s poem is The Evening Meeting by Matthew Zapruder.

Apr 28, 2022
662: To Be in Love
00:04:55

Today’s poem is To Be in Love by Gwendolyn Brooks.

Apr 27, 2022
661: The Field
00:05:08

Today’s poem is The Field by Rick Barot.

Apr 26, 2022
660: Flowers, Poems, Flower Poems
00:04:44

Today’s poem is Flowers, Poems, Flower Poems by Rachelle Toarmino.

Apr 25, 2022
659: soiree
00:06:52

Today’s poem is soiree by caroline sinavaiana-gabbard.

Apr 22, 2022
658: Shot in Sobriety
00:06:04

Today’s poem is Shot in Sobriety by Joan Naviyuk Kane.

Apr 21, 2022
657: Deep in the Rock
00:05:45

Today’s poem is Deep in the Rock by Laura Tohe.

Apr 20, 2022
656: cycle
00:05:52

Today’s poem is cycle by Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

Apr 19, 2022
655: The Frolicsome Crests and Glistening
00:05:45

Today’s poem is The Frolicsome Crests and Glistening by Rena Priest.

Apr 18, 2022
654: In the End You Get Everything Back (Liza Minnelli)
00:06:44

Today’s poem is In the End You Get Everything Back (Liza Minnelli) by Jason Schneiderman.

Apr 15, 2022
653: Get Out of the Water
00:05:07

Today’s poem is Get Out of the Water by Monica Rico.

Apr 14, 2022
652: Credo
00:04:51

Today’s poem is Credo by Alex Lemon.

Apr 13, 2022
651: Training
00:04:48

Today’s poem is Training by Diannely Antigua.

Apr 12, 2022
650: Notes on Self-Care
00:05:35

Today’s poem is Notes on Self-Care by Yesenia Montilla.

Apr 11, 2022
649: sunrise through mount vernon, wa.
00:06:01

Today’s poem is sunrise through mount vernon, wa. by Jasmine Khaliq.

Apr 08, 2022
648: Love is a Luminous Insect at the Window
00:05:02

Today’s poem is Love is a Luminous Insect at the Window by Martín Espada.

Apr 07, 2022
647: Walking Across Fire Island
00:05:01

Today’s poem is Walking Across Fire Island by Shelley Wong.

Apr 06, 2022
646: every exquisite thing
00:05:27

Today’s poem is every exquisite thing by heidi andrea restrepo rhodes.

Apr 05, 2022
645: It’s 9:30am, I’ve ran four miles, cried four times, & eaten two chicken sandwiches
00:05:15

Today’s poem is It’s 9:30am, I’ve ran four miles, cried four times, & eaten two chicken sandwiches by Christian Aldana.

Apr 04, 2022
644: Georgia O'Keeffe, "From the Faraway, Nearby," 1937
00:06:35

Today’s poem is Georgia O'Keeffe, "From the Faraway, Nearby," 1937 by Camille Carter.

Apr 01, 2022
643: Come give me a kiss on the cheek
00:04:56

Today’s poem is Come give me a kiss on the cheek by Manahil Bandukwala.

Mar 31, 2022
642: Burning Duplex
00:05:21

Today’s poem is Burning Duplex by Janiru Liyanage.

Mar 30, 2022
641: Old Growth
00:05:08

Today’s poem is Old Growth by Natasha Rao.

Mar 29, 2022
640: Eventually / One Point Where We Arrive
00:04:56

Today’s poem is Eventually / One Point Where We Arrive by Adam Clay.

Mar 28, 2022
639: An Algorithm Matches Me With a Nice Girl and I Tell Her
00:05:54

Today’s poem is An Algorithm Matches Me With a Nice Girl and I Tell Her by Jireh Deng.

Mar 25, 2022
638: In the Bad Days
00:04:52

Today’s poem is In the Bad Days by Kevin Prufer.

Mar 24, 2022
637: ATLien Freestyles Over "Wheelz of Steel"
00:05:14

Today’s poem is ATLien Freestyles Over "Wheelz of Steel" by Marcus Wicker.

Mar 23, 2022
636: How to Hold the Heavy Weight of Now
00:05:00

Today’s poem is How to Hold the Heavy Weight of Now by Dana Levin.

Mar 22, 2022
635: until the meteor makes a shadow over home
00:05:06

Today’s poem is until the meteor makes a shadow over home by Mihee Kim.

Mar 21, 2022
634: Nest
00:05:45

Today’s poem is Nest by Sarah Arvio.

Mar 18, 2022
633: The Moth
00:04:50

Today’s poem is The Moth by Francisco Márquez.

Mar 17, 2022
632: Touch Cave
00:05:03

Today’s poem is Touch Cave by Erika Meitner.

Mar 16, 2022
631: Every Mourning
00:05:05

Today’s poem is Every Mourning by Michael Kleber-Diggs.

Mar 15, 2022
630: Don’t Think
00:05:10

Today’s poem is Don’t Think by Elisa Gabbert.

Mar 14, 2022
629: Halfway
00:06:20

Today’s poem is Halfway by Paula Mendoza.

Mar 11, 2022
628: I Guess By Now I Thought I’d Be Done With Shame
00:04:50

Today’s poem is I Guess By Now I Thought I’d Be Done With Shame by Franny Choi.

Mar 10, 2022
627: Don't Say Love Just Signal
00:05:50

Today’s poem is Don't Say Love Just Signal by Tyree Daye.

Mar 09, 2022
626: Explication on a Nude Photograph Taken After Hours at the Bright Beach
00:05:04

Today’s poem is Explication on a Nude Photograph Taken After Hours at the Bright Beach by A. Prevett.

Mar 08, 2022
625: Not everything is a poem
00:04:56

Today’s poem is Not everything is a poem by Maggie Smith.

Mar 07, 2022
624: Sunflowers in the Median
00:06:13

Today’s poem is Sunflowers in the Median by Natalie Homer.

Mar 04, 2022
623: What Do You Want to Do Today
00:04:27

Today’s poem is What Do You Want to Do Today by Sean Cho A.

Mar 03, 2022
622: Self-Portrait With Woman On The Subway
00:04:47

Today’s poem is Self-Portrait With Woman On The Subway by Hayan Charara.

Mar 02, 2022
621: The Wrong Question More Than Once
00:05:37

Today’s poem is The Wrong Question More Than Once by Matt Donovan.

Mar 01, 2022
620: Egrets
00:04:59

Today’s poem is Egrets by Kevin Young.

Feb 28, 2022
619: Without Enchantment
00:05:51

Today's poem is Without Enchantment by Víctor Fowler Calzada, translated from the Spanish by Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann.

Feb 25, 2022
618: Elegy for Kentucky
00:05:28

Today's poem is Elegy for Kentucky by Joy Priest.

Feb 24, 2022
617: Places With Terrible Wi-Fi
00:04:59

Today's poem is Places With Terrible Wi-Fi by J. Estanislao Lopez.

Feb 23, 2022
616: flight training
00:04:46

Today's poem is flight training by Shayla Lawz.

Feb 22, 2022
615: The Studio
00:05:05

Today's poem is The Studio by Cedar Sigo.

Feb 21, 2022
614: On Being Asked, "What Is Your Dream Job?"
00:04:48

Today's poem is On Being Asked, "What Is Your Dream Job?" by Ally Ang

Feb 18, 2022
613: City Lake
00:05:08

Today's poem is City Lake by Chelsea DesAutels

Feb 17, 2022
612: After the Fire
00:05:04

Today's poem is After the Fire by Gregory Fraser

Feb 16, 2022
611: During the Pandemic I Listen to the July 26, 1965, Juan-les-Pins Recording of A Love Supreme
00:05:31

Today's poem is During the Pandemic I Listen to the July 26, 1965, Juan-les-Pins Recording of A Love Supreme by Ellen Bass

Feb 15, 2022
610: A Valentine
00:05:09

Today's poem is A Valentine by Priscilla Jane Thompson

Feb 14, 2022
609: 9 dreams
00:05:20

Today's poem is 9 dreams by Nicole Cecilia Delgado.

Feb 11, 2022
608: Las Chácharas They Carried
00:04:48

Today's poem is Las Chácharas They Carried by Antonio de Jesús López.

Feb 10, 2022
607: Chelsea Piers
00:04:59

Today's poem is Chelsea Piers by Joseph O. Legaspi.

Feb 09, 2022
606: The Lunch Counter of Eternal Tears
00:04:54

Today's poem is The Lunch Counter of Eternal Tears by Nikki Wallschlaeger.

Feb 08, 2022
605: Birthday
00:05:19

Today's poem is Birthday by Kathleen Rooney.

Feb 07, 2022
604: The Extravagant Stars
00:05:10

Today's poem is The Extravagant Stars by Nicole Callihan.

Feb 04, 2022
603: Sligo Abbey
00:05:11

Today's poem is Sligo Abbey by Rebecca Lindenberg.

Feb 03, 2022
602: The Tyger
00:04:47

Today's poem is The Tyger by William Blake.

Feb 02, 2022
601: Life Preserver
00:05:20

Today's poem is Life Preserver by Javier Velaza.

Feb 01, 2022
600: I Imagine the Butches' Stripper Bar
00:04:59

Today's poem is I Imagine the Butches' Stripper Bar by Jill McDonough.

Jan 31, 2022
599: Fatherteeth
00:04:48

Today's poem is Fatherteeth by Ashley Brooke Dailey.

Jan 28, 2022
598: Bioluminescence
00:05:34

Today's poem is Bioluminescence by Paul Tran.

Jan 27, 2022
597: Facelift
00:05:05

Today's poem is Facelift by Jennifer L. Knox.

Jan 26, 2022
596: Prayer of the Palo Verde Beetle
00:04:36

Today's poem is Prayer of the Palo Verde Beetle by Felicia Zamora.

Jan 25, 2022
595: Pegasus Autopsy
00:04:58

Today's poem is Pegasus Autopsy by Julio Pazos Barrera.

Jan 24, 2022
594: What Bodies Move
00:04:50

Today's poem is What Bodies Move by Kristene Kaye Brown.

Jan 21, 2022
593: Fragments for Subduing the Silence
00:05:06

Today's poem is Fragments for Subduing the Silence by Alejandra Pizarnik.

Jan 20, 2022
592: Lavender
00:06:07

Today's poem is Lavender by Joanna Fuhrman.

Jan 19, 2022
591: The Remaining Facts
00:06:05

Today's poem is The Remaining Facts by Michael Robins.

Jan 18, 2022
590: "Let my anger be the celebration we were never / supposed to have."
00:05:04

Today's poem is "Let my anger be the celebration we were never / supposed to have." by Natasha Oladokun.

Jan 17, 2022
589: addy
00:05:03

Today's poem is addy by moonheart (formerly known as kim mayo).

Jan 14, 2022
588: Good Death
00:05:12

Today's poem is Good Death by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Jan 13, 2022
587: An Old Story
00:05:10

Today's poem is An Old Story by Tracy K. Smith.

Jan 12, 2022
586: Poem That Leaves Behind The Ocean
00:04:48

Today's poem is Poem That Leaves Behind The Ocean by Jim Moore.

Jan 11, 2022
585: Complex Nonlinear Systems
00:04:37

Today's poem is Complex Nonlinear Systems by Chelsea Dingman.

Jan 10, 2022
584: Marte
00:04:36

Today's poem is Marte by Gustavo Hernandez.

Jan 07, 2022
583: What We Talk About When We Talk About the Pursuit of Gender Euphoria
00:04:46

Today's poem is What We Talk About When We Talk About the Pursuit of Gender Euphoria by Levi Cain.

Jan 06, 2022
582: Marrying the Wind
00:04:57

Today's poem is Marrying the Wind by Brett Elizabeth Jenkins.

Jan 05, 2022
581: Red-ish Brown-ish
00:05:12

Today's poem is Red-ish Brown-ish by Trevino L. Brings Plenty.

Jan 04, 2022
580: Walking the Dogs
00:05:40

Today's poem is Walking the Dogs by Matthew Dickman.

Jan 03, 2022
579: My Empire
00:05:27

Today's poem is My Empire by Kaveh Akbar.

Dec 31, 2021
578: Setting Lemon Curd
00:05:47

Today's poem is Setting Lemon Curd by Megan Denton Ray.

Dec 30, 2021
577: Poem Beginning to Sound
00:05:43

Today's poem is Poem Beginning to Sound by Wendy Xu.

Dec 29, 2021
576: Taking Down the Tree
00:05:08

Today's poem is Taking Down the Tree by Jane Kenyon.

Dec 28, 2021
575: How I Learned Bliss
00:05:37

Today's poem is How I Learned Bliss by Oliver de la Paz.

Dec 27, 2021
574: Monday
00:05:07

Today's poem is Monday by Alex Dimitrov.

Dec 24, 2021
573: Bury Me in the Woods of My Childhood
00:05:08

Today's poem is Bury Me in the Woods of My Childhood by Erin Rodoni.

Dec 23, 2021
572: Earth Evanescent
00:05:02

Today's poem is Earth Evanescent by Maxwell Anderson.

Dec 22, 2021
571: Golden Age
00:05:17

Today's poem is Golden Age by Chris Santiago.

Dec 21, 2021
570: Asking About My Mother
00:04:23

Today's poem is Asking About My Mother by Crystal Wilkinson.

Dec 20, 2021
569: Let's Crawl Into That Photograph & Stay There for a While
00:05:34

Today's poem is Let's Crawl Into That Photograph & Stay There for a While by Rachel McKibbens.

Dec 17, 2021
568: When You're Young You Always Take Too Much
00:05:14

Today's poem is When You're Young You Always Take Too Much by John McCarthy.

Dec 16, 2021
567: Besaydoo
00:04:49

Today's poem is Besaydoo by Yalie Saweda Kamara.

Dec 15, 2021
566: [little tree]
00:05:12

Today's poem is [little tree] by e.e. cummings.

Dec 14, 2021
565: Go Inward
00:05:11

Today's poem is Go Inward by Jen Levitt.

Dec 13, 2021
564: Spell
00:05:02

Today's poem is Spell by Emma Hine.

Dec 10, 2021
563: Dust of Snow
00:05:03

Today's poem is Dust of Snow by Robert Frost.

Dec 09, 2021
562: The Lonely Humans
00:05:27

Today's poem is The Lonely Humans by Jennifer Chang.

Dec 08, 2021
561: from "frank: sonnets"
00:05:22

Today's poem is from "frank: sonnets" by Diane Seuss.

Dec 07, 2021
560: I, Lover
00:06:04

Today's poem is I, Lover by Elsa Gidlow.

Dec 06, 2021
559: Parable of Childhood
00:05:09

Today's poem is Parable of Childhood by Wayne Miller.

Dec 03, 2021
558: City That Does Not Sleep
00:05:16

Today's poem is City That Does Not Sleep by Federico García Lorca. Translated by Robert Bly.

Dec 02, 2021
557: from A Year
00:04:56

Today's poem is from A Year by Jos Charles.

Dec 01, 2021
556: Our Land
00:05:13

Today's poem is Our Land by Langston Hughes.

Nov 30, 2021
555: Private Property
00:05:25

Today's poem is Private Property by Analicia Sotelo.

Nov 29, 2021
554: Sonoran Desert Poem
00:05:19

Today's poem is Sonoran Desert Poem by Jake Skeets.

Nov 26, 2021
553: Daylight Saving, Age 5
00:04:40

Today's poem is Daylight Saving, Age 5 by James Crews.

Nov 25, 2021
552: Hammond B3 Organ Cistern
00:05:05

Today's poem is Hammond B3 Organ Cistern by Gabrielle Calvocoressi.

Nov 24, 2021
551: Tangerine Peel
00:05:00

Today's poem is Tangerine Peel by Mary Ruefle.

Nov 23, 2021
550: My Standard Response
00:05:44

Today's poem is My Standard Response by Karenne Wood.

Nov 22, 2021
549: Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem
00:04:47

Today's poem is Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem by Matthew Olzmann.

Nov 19, 2021
548: I Wonder If I Will Miss The Moss
00:05:18

Today's poem is I Wonder If I Will Miss The Moss by Jane Mead.

Nov 18, 2021
547: Travel
00:04:36

Today's poem is Travel by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Nov 17, 2021
546: Ouroboros (Or: A Brief Dip Into the Relationship I Have with My Mother)
00:05:07

Today's poem is Ouroboros (Or: A Brief Dip Into the Relationship I Have with My Mother) by Juliette Givhan.

Nov 16, 2021
545: Response, Years Later, to Two Male Poets I Overheard Discussing How Sick They Were of Women's Poems about the Body
00:04:44

Today's poem is Response, Years Later, to Two Male Poets I Overheard Discussing How Sick They Were of Women's Poems about the Body by Meghan Dunn.

Nov 15, 2021
544: Elegy for Estrogen
00:05:27

Today's poem is Elegy for Estrogen by V. Penelope Pelizzon.

Nov 12, 2021
543: The Hummingbird
00:05:17

Today's poem is The Hummingbird by Blas Falconer.

Nov 11, 2021
542: In Gratitude
00:05:19

Today's poem is In Gratitude by Abigail Carroll.

Nov 10, 2021
541: Little Grey Dreams
00:04:31

Today's poem is Little Grey Dreams by Angelina Weld Grimké.

Nov 09, 2021
540: far away from home I am hungry
00:05:16

Today's poem is far away from home I am hungry by Urvi Kumbhat.

Nov 08, 2021
539: Full Moon
00:04:59

Today’s poem is Full Moon by Elinor Wylie.

Nov 05, 2021
538: Declassified
00:05:34

Today's poem is Declassified by Mai Der Vang.

Nov 04, 2021
537: Today I'm Not Thinking About Gender
00:05:18

Today's poem is Today I'm Not Thinking About Gender by Dennison Ty Schultz.

Nov 03, 2021
536: Hoodie
00:04:50

Today's poem is Hoodie by January Gill O'Neil.

Nov 02, 2021
535: This Close
00:05:17

Today's poem is This Close by Dorianne Laux.

Nov 01, 2021
534: The moon rose over the bay. I had a lot of feelings.
00:05:02

Today's poem is The moon rose over the bay. I had a lot of feelings. by Donika Kelly.

Oct 29, 2021
533: Offering
00:04:39

Today's poem is Offering by Albert Garcia.

Oct 28, 2021
532: The Vine
00:05:01

Today's poem is The Vine by Laura Kasischke.

Oct 27, 2021
531: anti-immigration
00:05:30

Today's poem is anti-immigration by Evie Shockley.

Oct 26, 2021
530: Cattails
00:05:55

Today's poem is Cattails by Nikky Finney.

Oct 25, 2021
529: [Somewhere In Los Angeles] This Poem Is Needed
00:05:20

Today's poem is [Somewhere In Los Angeles] This Poem Is Needed by Christopher Soto.

Oct 22, 2021
528: First
00:04:44

Today's poem is First by Carrie Fountain.

Oct 21, 2021
527: Rabbits and Fire
00:05:17

Today's poem is Rabbits and Fire by Alberto Ríos.

Oct 20, 2021
526: Saudade
00:04:58

Today's poem is Saudade by Silvia Bonilla.

Oct 19, 2021
525: Bonsai Primer
00:04:52

Today's poem is Bonsai Primer by Zang Di. Translated from Chinese by Eleanor Goodman.

Oct 18, 2021
524: Today, When I Could Do Nothing
00:05:09

Today's poem is Today, When I Could Do Nothing by Jane Hirshfield.

Oct 15, 2021
523: Our Valley
00:05:04

Today's poem is Our Valley by Philip Levine.

Oct 14, 2021
522: Across the Border
00:04:19

Today's poem is Across the Border by Sophie Jewett.

Oct 13, 2021
521: Invocation
00:04:39

Today's poem is Invocation by W. Todd Kaneko.

Oct 12, 2021
520: I Worry My Mother Will Die and I Will Know Nothing
00:04:45

Today's poem is I Worry My Mother Will Die and I Will Know Nothing by Asa Drake.

Oct 11, 2021
519: Missing Cat
00:05:04

Today's poem is Missing Cat by Freesia McKee.

Oct 08, 2021
518: Metamorphosis: The Female Into
00:05:30

Today's poem is Metamorphosis: The Female Into by Maggie Queeney.

Oct 07, 2021
517: They'll Ask You Where it Hurts the Most
00:04:50

Today's poem is They'll Ask You Where it Hurts the Most by Kwame Opoku-Duku.

Oct 06, 2021
516: In Response to Feeling Alone
00:05:19

Today's poem is In Response to Feeling Alone by t. liem.

Oct 05, 2021
515: Matte
00:04:10

Today's poem is Matte by Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco.

Oct 04, 2021
514: Some Things are Unforgettable
00:06:16

Today's poem is Some Things are Unforgettable by Alixen Pham.

Oct 01, 2021
513: Romantics
00:05:43

Today's poem is Romantics by Lisel Mueller.

Sep 30, 2021
512: To Offer Sweet Fruit to the Ghost
00:04:50

Today's poem is To Offer Sweet Fruit to the Ghost by John Paul Martinez.

Sep 29, 2021
511: Present Tense
00:04:32

Today's poem is Present Tense by Maya Pindyck.

Sep 28, 2021
510: Let Me
00:05:12

Today's poem is Let Me by Camille T. Dungy.

Sep 27, 2021
509: Wondrous
00:05:10

Today's episode is Wondrous by Sarah Freligh.

Sep 24, 2021
508: Rehearsal for the New World
00:04:43

Today's episode is Rehearsal for the New World by Hazem Fahmy.

Sep 23, 2021
507: Do You Ever Think About Leaving, My Mother Asks
00:05:03

Today's episode is Do You Ever Think About Leaving, My Mother Asks by Angela María Spring.

Sep 22, 2021
506: At the Arcade I Paint Your Footprints
00:05:07

Today's poem is At the Arcade I Paint Your Footprints by Steven Espada Dawson.

Sep 21, 2021
The Slowdown returns with new host Ada Limón
00:02:22

Poetry can help anchor us to the world amidst the chaos and uncertainty of daily life. Look for new weekday episodes with host Ada Limón beginning September 21, 2021.

Transcript

Ada Limón: Many years ago, when I was just 20 and heartbroken, I walked home from my bus stop and noticed a tree illuminated by a streetlight. Each time I passed that tree, I grew more attached to it. It seemed it was the only living thing in the world that wasn’t asking me how I was doing or offering me some unasked for advice. And when the fall deepened and the leaves fell, it seemed to be extending some sort of goodness toward me. Like notes scattered at its roots asking me to pay attention. Each large and many-colored leaf was like a new contract with possibility. A small doorway where I might enter the world again. Enter the world through attention.

To me, that is what poetry does. It offers no advice, no breaking news, no wisdom, no “and the moral of the story.” Instead, it offers connection and reciprocity. The inner and outer world colliding for one brief instant so that it’s not about having answers, being right or being wrong, but recommitting ourselves again to the mystery, silence, and awe of the world. 

I hope The Slowdown can be that type of unexpected goodness for its listeners. Brought to you by American Public Media and produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, The Slowdown will begin on September 21st with me, your host, Ada Limón. With a poem offered every weekday and, like that tree that I used to pass, only asking for a brief moment of attention.

The Slowdown hopes to give you a much-needed break to stop and recognize what matters. Listen wherever you get your podcasts.


Sep 09, 2021
505: You Are Who I Love
00:11:36

Today's poem is You Are Who I Love by Aracelis Girmay.

Oct 30, 2020
504: What the Kids in Subtle Asian Traits Know
00:05:00

Today's poem is What the Kids in Subtle Asian Traits Know by Jennifer G. Lai.

Oct 29, 2020
503: Before the Riot
00:05:00

Today's poem is Before the Riot by Kwame Dawes.

Oct 28, 2020
502: To D.B.
00:05:00

Today's poem is To D.B. by Edward Hirsch.

Oct 27, 2020
501: Facial Recognition
00:05:00

Today's poem is Facial Recognition by Alice Liang.

Oct 26, 2020
500: The Party
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Party by Jason Shinder.

This episode originally aired May 1, 2020.

Oct 23, 2020
499: Leaving Tulsa
00:05:00

Today's poem is Leaving Tulsa by Jennifer Elise Foerster.

Oct 22, 2020
498: Owed to the 99 Cent Store
00:05:00

Today's poem is Owed to the 99 Cent Store by Joshua Bennett.

Oct 21, 2020
497: Gwendolyn Brooks: America in the Wintertime
00:05:00

Today's poem is Gwendolyn Brooks: America in the Wintertime by Haki R. Madhubuti.

Oct 20, 2020
News from The Slowdown
00:02:00

An update about the show and a message from Tracy K. Smith.

Oct 19, 2020
496: a brief meditation on breath
00:05:00

Today's poem is a brief meditation on breath by Yesenia Montilla.

Oct 19, 2020
495: Naming Ceremony
00:05:00

Today's poem is Naming Ceremony by Hafizah Geter.

This episode originally aired on April 4, 2020.

Oct 16, 2020
494: Often I am Permitted to Return to the City
00:05:00

Today's poem is Often I am Permitted to Return to the City by Phillip B. Williams.

Oct 15, 2020
493: Red Wine Spills
00:05:00

Today's poem is Red Wine Spills by L. Ash Williams.

Oct 14, 2020
492: i woke up and the day caught me
00:05:00

Today's poem is i woke up and the day caught me by Kara Jackson.

Oct 13, 2020
491: aubade for the whole hood
00:05:00

Today's poem is aubade for the whole hood by Nate Marshall.

Oct 12, 2020
490: And We Love Life
00:05:00

Today's poem is And We Love Life by Mahmoud Darwish.

This episode originally aired May 14, 2020.

Oct 09, 2020
489: Pigeon and Hawk
00:05:00

Today's poem is Pigeon and Hawk by Marilyn Nelson.

Oct 08, 2020
488: Bedtime Story
00:05:00

Today's poem is Bedtime Story by Wanda Coleman.

Oct 07, 2020
487: Reports of the Dream You're Not Likely to Recover From
00:05:00

Today's poem is Reports of the Dream You're Not Likely to Recover From by Jay Deshpande.

Oct 06, 2020
486: Mount Rushmore
00:05:00

Today's poem is Mount Rushmore by Dante Clark.

Oct 05, 2020
485: The Bald Truth
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Bald Truth by Bob Hicok.

This episode originally aired on April 14, 2020.

Oct 02, 2020
484: Letter to the Local Police
00:05:00

Today's poem is Letter to the Local Police by June Jordan.

Oct 01, 2020
483: Bring Now the Angels
00:05:00

Today's poem is Bring Now the Angels by Dilruba Ahmed.

Sep 30, 2020
482: Nightingale Pledge
00:05:00

Today's poem is Nightingale Pledge by Romalyn Ante.

Sep 29, 2020
481: brown and black people on shark tank
00:05:00

Today's poem is brown and black people on shark tank by Angbeen Saleem.

Sep 28, 2020
480: Blues for Almost Forgotten Music
00:05:00

Today's poem is Blues for Almost Forgotten Music by Roxane Beth Johnson.

This week, we're featuring poems related to music. Songs that move and change us. Songs that heal us. What can we discover about ourselves, when we listen to music? A lot, it seems.

Sep 25, 2020
479: The Piano Speaks
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Piano Speaks by Sandra Beasley.

This week, we're featuring poems related to music. Songs that move and change us. Songs that heal us. What can we discover about ourselves, when we listen to music? A lot, it seems.


Sep 24, 2020
478: There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
00:05:00

Today's poem is There Is a Light That Never Goes Out by Kevin Young.

This week, we're featuring poems related to music. Songs that move and change us. Songs that heal us. What can we discover about ourselves, when we listen to music? A lot, it seems.




Sep 23, 2020
477: Groovin' Low
00:05:00

Today's poem is Groovin' Low by A.B. Spellman.

This week, we're featuring poems related to music. Songs that move and change us. Songs that heal us. What can we discover about ourselves, when we listen to music? A lot, it seems.


Sep 22, 2020
476: Minneapolipstick
00:05:00

Today's poem is Minneapolipstick by Rachel McKibbens.

This week, we're featuring poems related to music. Songs that move and change us. Songs that heal us. What can we discover about ourselves, when we listen to music? A lot, it seems.

Sep 21, 2020
475: Some Call It God
00:05:00

Today's poem is Some Call It God by Jabari Asim.

Sep 18, 2020
474: In the middle of Metro Manila's water crisis, my mother posts a picture of my siblings in a swimming pool
00:05:00

Today's poem is In the middle of Metro Manila's water crisis, my mother posts a picture of my siblings in a swimming pool by Kabel Mishka Ligot.

Sep 17, 2020
473: AQUÍ HAY TODO, MIJA
00:05:00

Today's poem is Aquí Hay Todo, Mija by Alexis Aceves Garcia.

Sep 16, 2020
472: We Have Been Believers
00:05:00

Today's poem is We Have Been Believers by Margaret Walker.

Sep 15, 2020
471: One Vote
00:04:58

Today's poem is One Vote by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

Sep 14, 2020
470: Say Thank You Say I'm Sorry
00:04:59

Today's poem is Say Thank You Say I'm Sorry by Jericho Brown.

Sep 11, 2020
469: Dusty Lemons
00:05:00

Today's poem is Dusty Lemons by Maja Lukic.

Sep 10, 2020
468: "You Will Never Get Death / Out of Your System"
00:04:59

Today's episode is "You Will Never Get Death / Out of Your System" by Dana Levin.

Sep 09, 2020
467: The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire
00:04:59

Today's poem is The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire by Sarah Kay.

Sep 08, 2020
466: The Hastily Assembled Angel Falls at the Beginning of the World
00:04:59

Today's poem is The Hastily Assembled Angel Falls at the Beginning of the World by Shane McCrae.

Sep 07, 2020
465: praise poets and their pens
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Today's poem is praise poets and their pens by JP Howard.

Sep 04, 2020
464: Chance Meeting
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Today's poem is Chance Meeting by Susan Browne.

Sep 03, 2020
463: To be of use
00:05:00

Today's poem is To be of use by Marge Piercy.

Sep 02, 2020
462: What It's Like to Fall In Love
00:05:00

Today's poem is What It's Like to Fall In Love by Heidi Seaborn.

Sep 01, 2020
461: For Black Children at the End of the World—and the Beginning
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Today's episode is For Black Children at the End of the World—and the Beginning by Roger Reeves.

Aug 31, 2020
460: American Mother
00:05:00

Today's poem is American Mother by Pamela Hart. This episode originally aired on May 15, 2020.

Aug 28, 2020
459: The Feeling
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Feeling by Ari Banias.

Aug 27, 2020
458: Tyranny of the Human Face
00:05:00

Today's poem is Tyranny of the Human Face by Chase Berggrun.

Aug 26, 2020
457: I Found Kin in a Thrift Store Photograph
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Today's poem is I Found Kin in a Thrift Store Photograph by Aaron Coleman.

Aug 25, 2020
456: Pelvic Ultrasound
00:05:00

Today's poem is Pelvic Ultrasound by Anne Barngrover.

Aug 24, 2020
455: Mercury in Retrograde
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Today's poem is Mercury in Retrograde by Sheryl Luna.

This week, we're featuring poems related to outer space. Stars. Planets. Even aliens. What can we discover about ourselves, when we consider the cosmos?

Aug 21, 2020
454: On a Spaceship Somewhere, Long After Empire's Collapse
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Today's poem is On a Spaceship Somewhere, Long After Empire's Collapse by Jesús I. Valles.

This week, we're featuring poems related to outer space. Stars. Planets. Even aliens. What can we discover about ourselves, when we consider the cosmos?

Aug 20, 2020
453: You Can Take Off Your Sweater, I've Made Today Warm
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Today's poem is You Can Take Off Your Sweater, I've Made Today Warm by Paige Lewis.

This week, we're featuring poems related to outer space. Stars. Planets. Even aliens. What can we discover about ourselves, when we consider the cosmos?

Aug 19, 2020
452: The Ghosts of the Space Dogs
00:04:59

Today's poem is The Ghosts of the Space Dogs by Alexandra Oliver.

This week, we're featuring poems related to outer space. Stars. Planets. Even aliens. What can we discover about ourselves, when we consider the cosmos?

Aug 18, 2020
451: Dancing with Kiko on the Moon
00:04:59

Today's poem is Dancing with Kiko on the Moon by Rosebud Ben-Oni.

This week, we're featuring poems related to outer space. Stars. Planets. Even aliens. What can we discover about ourselves, when we consider the cosmos?

Aug 17, 2020
450: Essay on Reentry
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Today's poem is Essay on Reentry by Reginald Dwayne Betts. This episode originally aired on January 27, 2020.

Aug 14, 2020
449: Soft-Bodied Animals Leave Few Traces
00:04:59

Today's poem is Soft-Bodied Animals Leave Few Traces by Mitchell Jacobs.

Aug 13, 2020
448: Telephone of the Wind
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Today's poem is Telephone of the Wind by Eddie Kim.

Aug 12, 2020
447: We Eat Out Together
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Today's poem is We Eat Out Together by Bernadette Mayer.

Aug 11, 2020
446: When Fannie Lou Hamer Said
00:05:00

Today's poem is When Fannie Lou Hamer Said by Mahogany L. Browne.

Aug 10, 2020
445: Pomegranate Means Grenade
00:05:00

Today's poem is Pomegranate Means Grenade by Jamaal May.

This episode originally aired on January 28, 2020.

Aug 07, 2020
444: Mood Ring
00:05:00

Today's poem is Mood Ring by Jaswinder Bolina.

Aug 06, 2020
443: The Aisle Not Taken
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Aisle Not Taken by Karen Poppy.

Aug 05, 2020
442: Climbing China's Great Wall
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Today's poem is Climbing China's Great Wall by Afaa M. Weaver.

Aug 04, 2020
441: I saw Emmett Till this week at the grocery store
00:05:00

Today's poem is I saw Emmett Till this week at the grocery store by Eve L. Ewing.

Aug 03, 2020
440: Miz Rosa Rides the Bus
00:05:00

Today's poem is Miz Rosa Rides the Bus by Angela Jackson.

This episode originally aired on February 24, 2020.

Jul 31, 2020
439: Early Sunday Morning
00:04:59

Today's poem is Early Sunday Morning by Edward Hirsch.

Jul 30, 2020
438: (First Trimester)
00:05:00

Today's poem is (First Trimester) by Craig Santos Perez.

Jul 29, 2020
437: Forgetfulness
00:05:00

Today's poem is Forgetfulness by Billy Collins.

Jul 28, 2020
436: Happiness
00:05:00

Today's poem is Happiness by Paisley Rekdal.

Jul 27, 2020
435: Inheritance
00:05:00

Today's poem is Inheritance by Camille Rankine.

This episode originally aired on February 17, 2020.

Jul 24, 2020
434: For the Woman on Main Street Stopping to Pull Up Her Pantyhose
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Today's poem is For the Woman on Main Street Stopping to Pull Up Her Pantyhose by Kristene Kaye Brown.

Jul 23, 2020
433: In Praise of My Threaded Eyebrows
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Today's poem is In Praise of My Threaded Eyebrows by Joshua Nguyen.

Jul 22, 2020
432: They Feed They Lion
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Today's poem is They Feed They Lion by Philip Levine.

Jul 21, 2020
431: Better or Worse
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Today's poem is Better or Worse by Heather McHugh.

Jul 20, 2020
430: Fish Heads
00:04:59

This week, we’re featuring poems about food and all the many ways it sustains us. Because food is community and memory. It’s struggle, joy, and so much more.


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Fish Heads 
by R.A. Villanueva

Yanked free at the gills from cartilage and spine,
these fish heads my mother cleans, whose bodies she scales, throws
all into salt water and crushed tamarind. At dinner she alone
will spoon out their eyes with her fingers,

suck down each pair as we watch. See, this is why the three of you
could never hide anything from me—as though these organs
brought her sight to be soaked through the tongue.
When I tell her that I have tried to make this stew from memory,

she warns, Don’t waste what should be eaten. Reminds me
of every delicate gift we have thrown away: tilapia stomach
best soured with vinegar, milkfish liver to melt
against the dome of the mouth. That after church,

a bucket of chicken soon became a blessing of wing gristle
and skin, dark meat no one else wanted to save. We refused
to taste her gizzards and hearts fried in fat, mocked
the smell of pig blood curdled on the stove, wished gone 

her tripe steamed with beef bouillon and onion broth.
After my brother and sister push aside bowls of baby squid
in garlic ink, gag at my mention of ducks in their shells, boiled
alive in brine, my mother believes I was the only one to share

in such things. Which maybe means, she says, in some former life
you and I were seabirds or vampires or wolves. 

"Fish Heads," by R.A. Villanueva, from RELIQUARIA by R.A. Villanueva, copyright © 2014 University of Nebraska Press. Used by permission of University of Nebraska Press.

Jul 17, 2020
429: Bliss Point or What Can Best Be Achieved by Cheese
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Bliss Point or What Can Best Be Achieved by Cheese
by Benjamin Garcia

A.k.a.

    the other gold.

                Now that’s the stuff,

                              shredded or melted

                                        or powdered

                                                     or canned.

                                                               Behold

                                      the pinnacle of man

                         in a cheeto puff!

Now that’s the stuff

                         you’ve been primed for:

                                             fatty & salty & crunchy

                and poof—gone. There’s the proof.

Though your grandmother

                           never even had one. You can’t

                                    have just one. You

                                                    inhale them puff—

                                                                          after puff—

                                                                   after puff—

                            You’re a chain smoker. Tongue

                    coated & coaxed

but not saturated or satiated.

                         It’s like pure flavor,

                                   but sadder. Each pink ping

                                                      in your pinball-mouth

                                                                   expertly played

                               by the makers who have studied you,

                                        the human animal, and culled

                    from the rind

          your Eve in the shape

                           of a cheese curl.
                
                                            Girl,

                          come curl in the dim light of the TV.

                      Veg out on the verge of no urge

              of anything.

      Long ago we beached ourselves,

                                  climbed up the trees then

                                          down the trees,

           	            	            knuckled across the dirt

                           & grasses & thorns & Berber carpet.

          	                             Now is the age of sitting,

                                   so sit.

           And I must say,

                       crouched on the couch like that,

         	                you resemble no animal.

        	        	        	Smug in your Snuggie and snug

                                                                 in your sloth, you look

          	                              nothing like a sloth.

           And you are not an anteater,

                                   an anteater eats ants

         	         	         	                 without fear

         	         	         	of diabetes. Though breathing,

          one could say, resembles a chronic disease. 

                                                                                What’s real

                           cheese and what is cheese product?

                              It’s difficult to say

              but being alive today

           	           	         is real-

           	                                 real-

                                                       really

                                        like a book you can’t put down, a stone

           	        that plummets from a great height. Life’s

           	       a “page-turner” alright.

        	   But don’t worry

          	           	          if you miss the finale

                                                of your favorite show, you can

                                                      catch it on queue. Make room

                                     for me and I’ll binge on this,

                                                     the final season with you.

"Bliss Point or What Can Best Be Achieved by Cheese," by Benjamin Garcia. Used by permission of the poet.

Jul 16, 2020
428: Oxtail Stew
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Oxtail Stew
by David Dominguez

At five o’clock in the morning,
I walked to work and passed the green ponds
of Horizon Park where the last bluegill,
caught on the low, slight bank,
panted hard in the dark mud, crushed glass,
sour bottle caps, whiskey,
and the iron weight of heat and smog.
This haze stared through eyes
gray as the broken window panes
on the cheap side of town,
and when this haze held you
and whispered in your ears its quiet tragedies,
it stole your breath quick as time.
This is where men gathered to sell peanuts,
buckets of oranges, and roses,
and they sat on the benches and watched
the trucks drive by and disappear.

What I want to say is simple:
a man must do more than sell roses
where the bums go and beg—
he must keep something holy.
He must breathe the winds
that rustle the orchards of the valley
where the white almond blooms
replenish with their soft scent.
He must learn from the Appaloosa
when she walks in from the fields
and bows her head to a trough of water
that reflects nothing but her eyes and the stars.

Shoulder, fat, bone, and loose sheet metal
banged out a day-long cacophony.
Twenty-eight pounds of spice
had to be mixed before the grinder was done.
Mustard powder, paprika, salt,
and chili powder boiled in my nose,
in my eyes, and in the red throb
of my hard nicked-up knuckles.
By late morning the meat defrosted,
and the boxes began their ooze.
Pig parts became easy to recognize.
Eighty pounds of guts, kidneys,
and stomach fell across my chest
each time a box ripped apart.
We dared not stop the music of our work:
the clack of a clean pine pallet,
pink meat and white fat ground to a pulp,
sweetened, stuffed, and crimped,
the chorizo boxed, the boxes labeled,
stacked, and wrapped.

At lunch, I watched Guillermo hunker over the table
and dig into his stew—carrots, potatoes,
celery, oxtail, and gravy, made from
chili peppers and fat, smoldering in a ceramic bowl.
Guillermo took out a white cotton napkin
and spread it evenly across his lap,
picked up a piece of sourdough ripped
from a loaf and soaked the bread in the stew
for a long time . . . his own tired body
taking back what the work took, and he ate.
He sucked on chili peppers the color of blood
and took another bite of the bread.
He sucked out the beef from the eyes of the bones
and gnawed on the soft marrow,
and he drank hot coffee sweetened con canela.
“Eloisa,” he said, “can cook,” and he touched
the brown lace crocheted into the edge
of his cotton napkin, rubbed his gut, wiped the table,
and walked out to complete his work.

"Oxtail Stew" by David Dominguez, from WORK DONE RIGHT by David Dominguez, copyright © 2003 David Dominguez. Used by permission of the University of Arizona Press.

Jul 15, 2020
427: Butter
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This week, we’re featuring poems about food and all the many ways it sustains us. Because food is community and memory. It’s struggle, joy, and so much more.


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Butter
by Elizabeth Alexander

My mother loves butter more than I do,
more than anyone. She pulls chunks off
the stick and eats it plain, explaining
cream spun around into butter! Growing up
we ate turkey cutlets sauteed in lemon
and butter, butter and cheese on green noodles,
butter melting in small pools in the hearts
of Yorkshire puddings, butter better
than gravy staining white rice yellow,
butter glazing corn in slipping squares,
butter the lava in white volcanoes
of hominy grits, butter softening
in a white bowl to be creamed with white
sugar, butter disappearing into
whipped sweet potatoes, with pineapple,
butter melted and curdy to pour
over pancakes, butter licked off the plate
with warm Alaga syrup. When I picture
the good old days I am grinning greasy
with my brother, having watched the tiger
chase his tail and turn to butter. We are
Mumbo and Jumbo’s children despite
historical revision, despite
our parent’s efforts, glowing from the inside
out, one hundred megawatts of butter.

"Butter" by Elizabeth Alexander, from CRAVE RADIANCE by Elizabeth Alexander, copyright © 2012 Elizabeth Alexander. Used by permission of Graywolf Press.

Jul 14, 2020
426: Lesson: Chicken Soup
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Lesson: Chicken Soup
by Christine Kitano

My grandmother pours salt
	into my right palm, places thin slivers
		of garlic in my left. She explains

something about blood, how to salt
	the raw bird to drain its fluids,
		but my mind already wanders:

I watch the chicken shrivel but compose
	instead the grandfather I’ve only met
		in story: daybreak, he’s just finished

mopping up in the buildings
	that sculpt this city’s skyline, but it’s
		someone else’s view of Los Angeles.

The immigrant sees, not the postcard-perfect lights,
	but the scuffed tiles, dust-lined desks, the darkening
		throats of toilet after toilet.

Home, he tiptoes upstairs not to wake
	his daughters, holding his shoes
		like a thief. He’s fired

for stealing a roll of toilet paper, a can of soda
	for my mother. Children are nothing
		but trouble, my grandmother says,

shaking a wooden spoon. My mother claims
	the story otherwise: it was she 
		who accompanied father to work, she

who stole a box of stale donuts, she
	who lost the family’s first job. Grandmother
		shrugs and repeats the same

conclusion. Never have children, she says, 
	though her expression is hidden 
		by the steam now rising from the pot.

It’s a simple recipe: boil until the meat
	falls from the bones, easy, like a girl
		shedding a summer dress.

Last night, I cooked for friends.
	After dinner, my friend handed me 
		his one-month son, who only

blinked when I nudged my thumb
	into his fist. Earlier, washing the pale
		bird, I struggled to keep the body

from slipping through my hands: I held
           its small-fleshed form under cold water,
		      pulled the giblets out the round hollow

between its ribs and was surprised
	to be surprised when it didn’t
		make a sound. 

"Lesson: Chicken Soup" by Christine Kitano, from SKY COUNTRY by Christine Kitano, copyright © 2017 Christine Kitano. Used by permission of BOA Editions.

Jul 13, 2020
425: Frequently Asked Questions: #7
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Today's poem is Frequently Asked Questions: #7 by Camille T. Dungy. This episode originally aired on November 12, 2019.

Jul 10, 2020
424: A Mother's Mouth Illuminated
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Today's poem is A Mother's Mouth Illuminated by Threa Almontaser.

Jul 09, 2020
423: poem for palm pressed upon pane
00:05:00

Today's poem is poem for palm pressed upon pane by Marwa Helal.

Jul 08, 2020
422: The End of Science Fiction
00:05:00

Today's episode is The End of Science Fiction by Lisel Mueller.

Jul 07, 2020