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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
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
00:05:00

Today's poem is praise poets and their pens by JP Howard.

Sep 04, 2020
464: Chance Meeting
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

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
00:04:59

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
00:04:59

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
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

Today's poem is Telephone of the Wind by Eddie Kim.

Aug 12, 2020
447: We Eat Out Together
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

Today's poem is In Praise of My Threaded Eyebrows by Joshua Nguyen.

Jul 22, 2020
432: They Feed They Lion
00:05:00

Today's poem is They Feed They Lion by Philip Levine.

Jul 21, 2020
431: Better or Worse
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

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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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
00:05:00

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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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
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

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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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
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

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
421: Immigrant Picnic
00:05:00

Today's poem is Immigrant Picnic by Gregory Djanikian.

Jul 06, 2020
420: Kerosene Litany
00:05:00

Today's poem is Kerosene Litany by Mahogany L. Browne. This episode originally aired December 27, 2019.

Jul 03, 2020
419: Mebble
00:05:00

Today's poem is Mebble by Taije Silverman.

Jul 02, 2020
418: Wild Peaches
00:05:00

Today's poem is Wild Peaches by Elinor Wylie.

Jul 01, 2020
417: Before Dawn in October
00:05:00

Today's poem is Before Dawn in October by Julia Kasdorf.

Jun 30, 2020
416: Basic Needs
00:05:00

Today's poem is Basic Needs by Vanessa Jimenez Gabb.

Jun 29, 2020
415: Variations in Blue
00:05:00

Today's poem is Variations in Blue by Lauren K. Alleyne. This episode originally aired on July 15, 2019.

Jun 26, 2020
414: Full Capacity
00:05:00

Today's poem is Full Capacity by Rose McLarney.

Jun 25, 2020
413: Ask Me Why I Love You
00:05:00

Today's poem is Ask Me Why I Love You by Walter Everette Hawkins.

Jun 24, 2020
412: Words Were Changing
00:05:00

Today's poem is Words Were Changing by Miller Oberman.

Jun 23, 2020
411: Soaking Up Sun
00:05:00

Today's poem is Soaking Up Sun by Tom Hennen.

Jun 22, 2020
410: For My People
00:05:00

Today's poem is For My People by Margaret Walker. This episode originally aired on April 1, 2020.

Jun 19, 2020
409: 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. This episode originally aired on February 14, 2020.

Jun 18, 2020
408: The Emperor's Deer
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Emperor's Deer by Kamilah Aisha Moon. This episode originally aired January 29, 2019.

Jun 17, 2020
407: At the Age of 18 - Ode to Girls of Color
00:05:00

Today's poem is At the Age of 18 - Ode to Girls of Color by Amanda Gorman.

Jun 16, 2020
406: from here i saw what happened and i cried
00:05:00

Today's poem is from here i saw what happened and i cried by t'ai freedom ford. This episode originally aired on July 4, 2019.

Jun 15, 2020
405: We Are Not Responsible
00:05:00

Today's poem is We Are Not Responsible by Harryette Mullen. This episode originally aired October 31, 2019.

Jun 12, 2020
404: On the D Train
00:04:59

Today's poem is On the D Train by Jacqueline Johnson. This episode originally aired October 16, 2019.

Jun 11, 2020
403: The Book of Genesis
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Book of Genesis by Morgan Parker.

Jun 10, 2020
402: Whipping Tree
00:05:00

Today's poem is Whipping Tree by Rachel Eliza Griffiths. This episode originally aired May 14, 2019.

Jun 09, 2020
401: Eliza Harris
00:04:59

Today's poem is Eliza Harris by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. This episode originally aired on March 13, 2020.

Jun 08, 2020
400: [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. This episode originally aired on November 6, 2019.

Jun 05, 2020
399: supply and demand
00:04:59

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

Jun 04, 2020
398: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [“You don’t seem to want it, but you wanted it”]
00:04:59

Today's poem is American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin ["You don't seem to want it, but you wanted it"] by Terrance Hayes. This episode originally aired on April 9, 2019.

Jun 03, 2020
397: A Small Needful Fact
00:05:00

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

Jun 02, 2020
A message from Tracy
00:00:31

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

-Tracy K. Smith

Jun 01, 2020
396: December
00:05:00

Today's poem is December by Cecily Parks.

Jun 01, 2020
395: Characters
00:05:00

Today's poem is Characters by Garous Abdolmalekian.

May 29, 2020
394: Blackbird Étude
00:05:00

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

May 28, 2020
393: Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster
00:05:00

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

May 27, 2020
392: Here
00:05:00

Today's episode is Here by Grace Paley.

May 26, 2020
391: Trying to See Auras at the Airport
00:05:00

Today's poem is Trying to See Auras at the Airport by Angela C. Trudell Vazquez.

May 25, 2020
390: Cascades 501
00:05:00

Today's poem is Cascades 501 by Rick Barot.

May 22, 2020
389: Kissing the Opelu
00:05:00

Today's poem is Kissing the Opelu by Donovan Kūhiō Colleps.

May 21, 2020
388: Once In A Lifetime, Snow
00:05:00

Today's poem is Once In A Lifetime, Snow by Les Murray.

May 20, 2020
387: Stop Looking At My Last Name Like That
00:05:00

Today's poem is Stop Looking At My Last Name Like That by Michael Torres.

May 19, 2020
386: Someday I'll Love Ocean Vuong
00:05:00

Today's poem is Someday I'll Love Ocean Vuong by Ocean Vuong

May 18, 2020
385: American Mother
00:05:00

Today's poem is American Mother by Pamela Hart.

May 15, 2020
384: And We Love Life
00:05:00

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

May 14, 2020
383: A Beautiful Child
00:05:00

Today's poem is A Beautiful Child by Omar Sakr.

May 13, 2020
382: Another Night at Sea Level
00:05:00

Today's poem is Another Night at Sea Level by Meg Day.

May 12, 2020
381: excerpt from 13th Balloon
00:05:00

Today's poem is an excerpt from 13th Balloon by Mark Bibbins.

May 11, 2020
380: When Your Mother Asks If You're Seeing Anyone And No Longer Means A Therapist
00:05:00

Today's poem When Your Mother Asks If You're Seeing Anyone And No Longer Means A Therapist by Cindy King.

May 08, 2020
379: February & my love is in another state
00:05:00

Today's poem is February & my love is in another state by José Olivarez.

May 07, 2020
378: Play Like A Boy
00:05:00

Today's poem is Play Like A Boy by Sam Killmeyer.

May 06, 2020
377: Moon Pull
00:05:00

Today's poem is Moon Pull by Carlina Duan.

May 05, 2020
376: In Perpetual Spring
00:05:00

Today's poem is In Perpetual Spring by Amy Gerstler.

May 04, 2020
375: The Party
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Party by Jason Shinder.

May 01, 2020
374: After the Winter
00:05:00

Today's poem is After the Winter by Claude McKay.

Apr 30, 2020
373: Tracing the Horse
00:05:00

Today's poem is Tracing the Horse by Diana Marie Delgado.

Apr 29, 2020
372: We Always Have Been
00:05:00

Today's poem is We Always Have Been by Kim Shuck.

Apr 28, 2020
371: What Women Are Made Of
00:05:00

Today's poem is What Women Are Made Of by Bianca Lynne Spriggs.

Apr 27, 2020
370: I will praise your plain songs
00:05:00

Today's poem is I will praise your plain songs by Sarah Ruhl.

Apr 24, 2020
369: In Which Our Wants Are Worlds
00:05:00

Today's poem is In Which Our Wants Are Worlds by Jasmine Reid.

Apr 23, 2020
368: The Singing Place
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Singing Place by Lily A. Long.

Apr 22, 2020
367: After all those years of fear and raging in my poems
00:05:00

Today's poem is After all those years of fear and raging in my poems by Toi Derricotte.

Apr 21, 2020
366: Wedding Poem
00:05:00

Today's poem is Wedding Poem by Ross Gay.

Apr 20, 2020
365: Peace Path
00:05:00

Today's poem is Peace Path by Heid E. Erdrich.

Take a moment to slow down with family, with our kid-friendly episode list— or find an extra moment of calm with our favorite episodes on hope, kindness and more. You can also find our playlists on our website, SlowdownShow.org


Apr 17, 2020
Our favorite episodes on hope, kindness, and more
00:00:32

We could all use an extra moment of calm right now. So we’ve compiled all of our favorite episodes of The Slowdown about hope, kindness, community (and more) into a playlist.

And if you’re looking for something for your kids to do (maybe away from a screen) … we have a kid-friendly playlist too.

Here's where to find both of our playlists:

The Slowdown Playlist on Hope, Kindness & More: https://spoti.fi/3bKbAIU

The Slowdown Poetry Playlist for Kids: https://spoti.fi/3dOGEJb

You can also find both playlists on SlowdownShow.org. Take care.

Apr 16, 2020
364: Leaving the University Gym
00:05:00

Today's poem is Leaving the University Gym by Sasha Pimentel.

Take a moment to slow down with family, with our kid-friendly episode list— or find an extra moment of calm with our favorite episodes on hope, kindness and more. You can also find our playlists on our website, SlowdownShow.org


Apr 16, 2020
363: Home
00:05:00

Today's poem is Home by Letitia Elizabeth Landon.

Take a moment to slow down with family, with our kid-friendly episode list— or find an extra moment of calm with our favorite episodes on hope, kindness and more. You can also find our playlists on our website, SlowdownShow.org


Apr 15, 2020
362: The Bald Truth
00:05:00

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

Take a moment to slow down with family, with our kid-friendly episode list— or find an extra moment of calm with our favorite episodes on hope, kindness and more. You can also find our playlists on our website, SlowdownShow.org


Apr 14, 2020
361: Song for the Festival
00:05:00

Today's poem is Song for the Festival by Gretchen Marquette.

Take a moment to slow down with family, with our kid-friendly episode list— or find an extra moment of calm with our favorite episodes on hope, kindness and more. You can also find our playlists on our website, SlowdownShow.org


Apr 13, 2020
360: Hello
00:04:59

Today's poem is Hello by Sean Hill.

Apr 10, 2020
359: Naming Ceremony
00:04:59

Today's poem is Naming Ceremony by Hafizah Geter.

Apr 09, 2020
358: Talent
00:04:59

Today's poem is Talent by Layli Long Soldier.

Apr 08, 2020
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 the Voice 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

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
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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
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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
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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
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Today's poem is The Government Has Been Canceled by Maya Catherine Popa.

Oct 04, 2019
224: Birthday Poem
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Today's poem is Birthday Poem by Paisley Rekdal.

Oct 03, 2019
223: sorrows by Lucille Clifton
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Today's poem is sorrows by Lucille Clifton.

Oct 02, 2019
222: The opposite of the ocean is no ocean.
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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
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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
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Today's poem is Personals by C.D. Wright. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.

Sep 26, 2019
218: Enough
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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
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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
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Today’s poem is Closure by Paul Tran.

Sep 18, 2019
212: Drip
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Today’s poem is Drip by Quenton Baker.

Sep 17, 2019
211: One Is One
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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
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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
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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
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Today's poem is Sister as Moving Object by Jan Beatty.

Sep 04, 2019
202: Losers
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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
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Today's poem is Left to ask by Michael Klein.

Aug 30, 2019
199: Small Kindnesses
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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
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Today's poem is Bargain by Andrea Cohen.

Aug 26, 2019
195: Update
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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
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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
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Today's poem is Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams.

Aug 21, 2019
192: The Death of an Elephant
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Today's poem is The Death of an Elephant by Gianfranco Pagnucci.

Aug 20, 2019
191: Staying Alive
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Today's poem is Staying Alive by David Wagoner.

Aug 19, 2019
190: World Word by Eamon Grennan
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Today's poem is World Word by Eamon Grennan.

Aug 16, 2019
189: Old Farmer
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Today's poem is Old Farmer by Vievee Francis.

Aug 15, 2019
188: Failure
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Today's poem is Failure by Eugene Gloria.

Aug 14, 2019
187: Summary of Fifteen Years
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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
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Today's poem is Directions To Finding You, Or Maybe Just An Inferior Prayer by Angel Nafis.

Aug 12, 2019
185: Hit
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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
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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
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Today's poem is Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight by Jane Hirshfield.

Aug 05, 2019
180: Evening Sun
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Today's poem is Evening Sun by Jane Kenyon.

Aug 02, 2019
179: Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens
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Today's poem is Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens by Matthea Harvey.

Aug 01, 2019
178: God
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Today's poem is God by Marsha de la O.

Jul 31, 2019
177: Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound
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Today's poem is Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound by Ellen Bass.

Jul 30, 2019
176: The Boatman
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Today's poem is The Boatman by Carolyn Forché.

Jul 29, 2019
175: Immigrant Can't Write Poetry
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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
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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
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Today's poem is Haiku by Etheridge Knight.

Jul 18, 2019
168: What Does It Say
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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]
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Today's poem is [as freedom is a breakfastfood] by e.e. cummings.

Jul 08, 2019
160: Courtyard Fire
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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
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Fitting by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Jun 24, 2019
150: On Time
00:05:00

Today's poem is On Time by John Milton.

Jun 21, 2019
149: Red Rover
00:05:00

Today's poem is Red Rover by Claire Wahmanholm.

Jun 20, 2019
148: The Clam
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

Today's poem is Untitled by Sesshu Foster.

Jun 12, 2019
142: Ozymandias
00:05:00

Today's poem is Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Jun 11, 2019
141: Ego
00:05:00

Today's poem is Ego by Denise Duhamel.

Jun 10, 2019
140: To the Thawing Wind
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

Today's poem is Still Life with Aspirin by Lucie Brock-Broido.

Jun 05, 2019
137: What Kind of Times Are These
00:05:00

Today's poem is What Kind of Times Are These by Adrienne Rich.

Jun 04, 2019
136: Where There Were Steep Riverbanks
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

Today's poem is Beehive by Jean Toomer.

May 30, 2019
133: Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg
00:05:00

Today's poem is Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg by Richard Hugo.

May 29, 2019
132: Punishment
00:05:00

Today's poem is Punishment by Seamus Heaney.

May 28, 2019
131: I Loved You Before I Was Born
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

Today's poem is The Year I Had Cancer by Brad Buchanan.

May 23, 2019
128: Safe house
00:05:00

Today’s poem is Safe house by Busisiwe Mahlangu.

May 22, 2019
127: Big Finish
00:05:00

Today’s poem is Big Finish by Kimberly Johnson.

May 21, 2019
126: My Parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary
00:05:00

Today’s poem is My Parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary by Aaron Smith.

May 20, 2019
125: Yoko
00:05:00

Today's poem is Yoko by Thom Gunn.

May 17, 2019
124: the break
00:05:00

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
00:05:00

Today's poem is Whipping Tree by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

May 14, 2019
121: A Room of Her Own
00:05:00

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
00:04:59

Today's poem is He Said by Gerald Stern.

May 09, 2019
118: Migraine: Aura and Aftermath
00:05:00

Today's poem is Migraine: Aura and Aftermath by Claudia Emerson.

May 08, 2019
117: To The Republic
00:04:59

Today's poem is To The Republic by Frank Bidart.

May 07, 2019
116: Record Changer
00:05:00

Today's poem is Record Changer by Adrian Matejka.

May 06, 2019