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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.

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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.

    [encore] 649: sunrise through mount vernon, wa.

    [encore] 649: sunrise through mount vernon, wa.

    Today’s poem is sunrise through mount vernon, wa. by Jasmine Khaliq. This episode was originally released on April 8, 2022.

    • 6 min
    [encore] 654: In the End You Get Everything Back (Liza Minnelli)

    [encore] 654: In the End You Get Everything Back (Liza Minnelli)

    Today’s poem is In the End You Get Everything Back (Liza Minnelli) by Jason Schneiderman. This episode was originally released on April 15, 2022.

    • 6 min
    [encore] 717: Afterlife with a Gentle Afterward

    [encore] 717: Afterlife with a Gentle Afterward

    Today’s poem is Afterlife with a Gentle Afterward by Matthew Henriksen. This episode was originally released on July 13, 2022.

    • 5 min
    [encore] 509: Wondrous

    [encore] 509: Wondrous

    Today’s poem is Wondrous by Sarah Freligh. This episode was originally released on September 24, 2021.

    • 5 min
    [encore] 705: The Bats

    [encore] 705: The Bats

    Today’s poem is The Bats by Mark Wunderlich. This episode was originally released on June 27, 2022.

    • 5 min
    [encore] 634: Nest

    [encore] 634: Nest

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

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

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Guest host Shira Erlichman

I’m a longtime listener of The Slowdown, so when consummate host and poet Ada Limon announced she’d be going on vacation this August, I found myself dreading her upcoming absence. Turns out, however, there was nothing but delight in store as Shira Erlichman stepped in as guest host. Her soulful delivery quickly became the portal to my morning meditations and sent me down multiple rabbit holes in search of more work by the poets she so skillfully introduced. Suffice it to say I will miss her when she goes and hope The Slowdown will consider bringing her back as a more permanent contributor to this excellent show.

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My Take

The intros to poems are poetic as well!

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Meditative moments

Such a nice way to hear many poets’ voices

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