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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] 634: Nest

    [encore] 634: Nest

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

    • 5 min
    [encore] 519: Missing Cat

    [encore] 519: Missing Cat

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

    • 5 min
    [encore] 618: Elegy for Kentucky

    [encore] 618: Elegy for Kentucky

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

    • 5 min
    [encore] 651: Training

    [encore] 651: Training

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

    • 4 min
    [encore] 689: Alive at the End of the World

    [encore] 689: Alive at the End of the World

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

    • 5 min
    [encore] 523: Our Valley

    [encore] 523: Our Valley

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

    • 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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