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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 and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    • 4.8 • 888 Ratings

Every weekday, Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    505: You Are Who I Love

    505: You Are Who I Love

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

    • 11 min
    504: What the Kids in Subtle Asian Traits Know

    504: What the Kids in Subtle Asian Traits Know

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

    • 5 min
    503: Before the Riot

    503: Before the Riot

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

    • 5 min
    502: To D.B.

    502: To D.B.

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

    • 5 min
    501: Facial Recognition

    501: Facial Recognition

    Today's poem is Facial Recognition by Alice Liang.

    • 5 min
    500: The Party

    500: The Party

    Today's poem is The Party by Jason Shinder.

    This episode originally aired May 1, 2020.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
888 Ratings

888 Ratings

Meta pelet ,

Thank you for this gift

I have often thought that these daily gems must take a lot of work. I appreciate your introductions to each prom so much; you are a wonderful guide. I now plan to find a collection of your work at my local indy bookstore.

Tayvallich ,

The Slowdown is a Gift

I’ll miss you Tracy K Smith. I look forward to your new poems and amazing voice in the world. Thank you for introducing me to poets I may have never found without you. You are a gift.

AEM2;-) ,

Feeding people is loving people.

Thank you, Tracy, for this poetry offering of love. I am grateful for these connections that I feel each day from the slowdown. Hearing your own and the other poets’ thoughts through your kind and gentle voice is a soothing balm for me these days. I will miss you, when your hiatus happens, and I only wish you peace and love in the coming days. 💕💕

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