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Every weekday, Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.

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    • Performing Arts
    • 4.8, 746 Ratings

Every weekday, Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.

    A message from Tracy

    A message from Tracy

    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

    • 31 sec
    396: December

    396: December

    Today's poem is December by Cecily Parks.

    • 5 min
    395: Characters

    395: Characters

    Today's poem is Characters by Garous Abdolmalekian.

    • 5 min
    394: Blackbird Étude

    394: Blackbird Étude

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

    • 5 min
    393: Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster

    393: Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster

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

    • 5 min
    392: Here

    392: Here

    Today's episode is Here by Grace Paley.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
746 Ratings

746 Ratings

TLD 2 ,

Comfort

Needed to hear the calm readings of others experiences in life and find hope and awareness for humanity today.

SweetPotato*78 ,

Everything

This podcast is simply everything. I love starting my day in the peace and ease of Tracy’s generous, honest, and wise commentary followed by the wide and deep poetry she shares. I return later in the afternoon - a long day lived with young children and home-keeping and good work only half-complete - and the words echo and hold me again. The Slow Down transcends and is a source that truly helps me re-ground, re-center, and re-member myself. I’m so grateful to have found it and so highly recommend.

Origami Girl ,

A calm moment in my day

There’s no substitute for a good guide. Tracy’s set up of each piece gives me a path by which to access a poem, with freedom to enjoy it for myself rather than trying to interpret a meaning. What a perfect vessel this is for delivering a poem each day.

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