The Slowdown

The Slowdown

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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.


420: Kerosene Litany
Jul 3 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Kerosene Litany by Mahogany L. Browne. This episode originally aired December 27, 2019.
419: Mebble
Jul 2 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Mebble by Taije Silverman.
418: Wild Peaches
Jul 1 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Wild Peaches by Elinor Wylie.
417: Before Dawn in October
Jun 30 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Before Dawn in October by Julia Kasdorf.
416: Basic Needs
Jun 29 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Basic Needs by Vanessa Jimenez Gabb.
415: Variations in Blue
Jun 26 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Variations in Blue by Lauren K. Alleyne. This episode originally aired on July 15, 2019.
414: Full Capacity
Jun 25 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Full Capacity by Rose McLarney.
413: Ask Me Why I Love You
Jun 24 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Ask Me Why I Love You by Walter Everette Hawkins.
412: Words Were Changing
Jun 23 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Words Were Changing by Miller Oberman.
411: Soaking Up Sun
Jun 22 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Soaking Up Sun by Tom Hennen.
410: For My People
Jun 19 • 5 min
Today’s poem is For My People by Margaret Walker. This episode originally aired on April 1, 2020.
409: How Can Black People Write About Flowers at a Time Like This
Jun 18 • 5 min
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.
408: The Emperor’s Deer
Jun 17 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Emperor’s Deer by Kamilah Aisha Moon. This episode originally aired January 29, 2019.
407: At the Age of 18 - Ode to Girls of Color
Jun 16 • 5 min
Today’s poem is At the Age of 18 - Ode to Girls of Color by Amanda Gorman.
406: from here i saw what happened and i cried
Jun 15 • 5 min
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.
405: We Are Not Responsible
Jun 12 • 5 min
Today’s poem is We Are Not Responsible by Harryette Mullen. This episode originally aired October 31, 2019.
404: On the D Train
Jun 11 • 4 min
Today’s poem is On the D Train by Jacqueline Johnson. This episode originally aired October 16, 2019.
403: The Book of Genesis
Jun 10 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Book of Genesis by Morgan Parker.
402: Whipping Tree
Jun 9 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Whipping Tree by Rachel Eliza Griffiths. This episode originally aired May 14, 2019.
401: Eliza Harris
Jun 8 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Eliza Harris by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. This episode originally aired on March 13, 2020.
400: [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.]
Jun 5 • 5 min
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.
399: supply and demand
Jun 4 • 4 min
Today’s poem is supply and demand by Evie Shockley. This episode originally aired on February 18, 2019.
398: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [“You don’t seem to want it, but you wanted it”]
Jun 3 • 4 min
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.
397: A Small Needful Fact
Jun 2 • 5 min
Today’s poem is A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay. This episode originally aired July 10, 2019.
A message from Tracy
Jun 1 • 0 min
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…
396: December
Jun 1 • 5 min
Today’s poem is December by Cecily Parks.
395: Characters
May 29 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Characters by Garous Abdolmalekian.
394: Blackbird Étude
May 28 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Blackbird Étude by A.E. Stallings.
393: Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster
May 27 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Song In Which We Yet Sidestep Disaster by Tess Taylor.
392: Here
May 26 • 5 min
Today’s episode is Here by Grace Paley.
391: Trying to See Auras at the Airport
May 25 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Trying to See Auras at the Airport by Angela C. Trudell Vazquez.
390: Cascades 501
May 22 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Cascades 501 by Rick Barot.
389: Kissing the Opelu
May 21 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Kissing the Opelu by Donovan Kūhiō Colleps.
388: Once In A Lifetime, Snow
May 20 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Once In A Lifetime, Snow by Les Murray.
387: Stop Looking At My Last Name Like That
May 19 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Stop Looking At My Last Name Like That by Michael Torres.
386: Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong
May 18 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong by Ocean Vuong
385: American Mother
May 15 • 5 min
Today’s poem is American Mother by Pamela Hart.
384: And We Love Life
May 14 • 5 min
Today’s poem is And We Love Life by Mahmoud Darwish.
383: A Beautiful Child
May 13 • 5 min
Today’s poem is A Beautiful Child by Omar Sakr.
382: Another Night at Sea Level
May 12 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Another Night at Sea Level by Meg Day.
381: excerpt from 13th Balloon
May 11 • 5 min
Today’s poem is an excerpt from 13th Balloon by Mark Bibbins.
380: When Your Mother Asks If You’re Seeing Anyone And No Longer Means A Therapist
May 8 • 5 min
Today’s poem When Your Mother Asks If You’re Seeing Anyone And No Longer Means A Therapist by Cindy King.
379: February & my love is in another state
May 7 • 5 min
Today’s poem is February & my love is in another state by José Olivarez.
378: Play Like A Boy
May 6 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Play Like A Boy by Sam Killmeyer.
377: Moon Pull
May 5 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Moon Pull by Carlina Duan.
376: In Perpetual Spring
May 4 • 5 min
Today’s poem is In Perpetual Spring by Amy Gerstler.
375: The Party
May 1 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Party by Jason Shinder.
374: After the Winter
Apr 30 • 5 min
Today’s poem is After the Winter by Claude McKay.
373: Tracing the Horse
Apr 29 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Tracing the Horse by Diana Marie Delgado.
372: We Always Have Been
Apr 28 • 5 min
Today’s poem is We Always Have Been by Kim Shuck.
371: What Women Are Made Of
Apr 27 • 5 min
Today’s poem is What Women Are Made Of by Bianca Lynne Spriggs.
370: I will praise your plain songs
Apr 24 • 5 min
Today’s poem is I will praise your plain songs by Sarah Ruhl.
369: In Which Our Wants Are Worlds
Apr 23 • 5 min
Today’s poem is In Which Our Wants Are Worlds by Jasmine Reid.
368: The Singing Place
Apr 22 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Singing Place by Lily A. Long.
367: After all those years of fear and raging in my poems
Apr 21 • 5 min
Today’s poem is After all those years of fear and raging in my poems by Toi Derricotte.
366: Wedding Poem
Apr 20 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Wedding Poem by Ross Gay.
365: Peace Path
Apr 17 • 5 min
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…
Our favorite episodes on hope, kindness, and more
Apr 16 • 0 min
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…
364: Leaving the University Gym
Apr 16 • 5 min
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…
363: Home
Apr 15 • 5 min
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…
362: The Bald Truth
Apr 14 • 5 min
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,…
361: Song for the Festival
Apr 13 • 5 min
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…
360: Hello
Apr 10 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Hello by Sean Hill.
359: Naming Ceremony
Apr 9 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Naming Ceremony by Hafizah Geter.
358: Talent
Apr 8 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Talent by Layli Long Soldier.
357: The Third Dimension
Apr 7 • 4 min
Today’s poem is The Third Dimension by Tony Hoagland.
356: Momma Said
Apr 6 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Momma Said by Candace Williams.
355: Hotel
Apr 3 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Hotel by Lorna Dee Cervantes.
354: In the House of Maria Callas
Apr 2 • 4 min
Today’s poem is In the House of Maria Callas by Steven Orlen.
353: For My People
Apr 1 • 5 min
Today’s poem is For My People by Margaret Walker.
352: Interesting Times
Mar 31 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Interesting Times by Mark Jarman.
351: Fish Heads
Mar 30 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Fish Heads by R.A. Villanueva.
350: Obedience, or the Lying Tale
Mar 27 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Obedience, or the Lying Tale by Jennifer Chang.
A message from Tracy
Mar 26 • 1 min
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?…
349: Ikebana
Mar 26 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Ikebana by Cathy Song.
348: Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand
Mar 25 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand by Walt Whitman.
347: ABC for Refugees
Mar 24 • 4 min
Today’s poem is ABC for Refugees by Monica Sok. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
346: The Long Deployment
Mar 23 • 4 min
Today’s poem is The Long Deployment by Jehanne Dubrow.
345: The Lovers
Mar 20 • 4 min
Today’s poem is The Lovers by Timothy Liu.
344: Pale Colors in a Tall Field
Mar 19 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Pale Colors in a Tall Field by Carl Phillips.
343: The Fifth Fact
Mar 18 • 4 min
Today’s poem is The Fifth Fact by Sarah Browning.
342: Paramount
Mar 17 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Paramount by Robin Coste Lewis. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
341: Defeat
Mar 16 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Defeat by Kahlil Gibran.
340: Eliza Harris
Mar 13 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Eliza Harris by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
339: Spring
Mar 12 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Spring by Rebecca Rainof. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
338: Premonition
Mar 11 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Premonition by Andrea Hollander.
337: Meditation on a Grapefruit
Mar 10 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Meditation on a Grapefruit by Craig Arnold. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
336: The Obstinate Comedy
Mar 9 • 4 min
Today’s poem is The Obstinate Comedy by Michelle Boisseau.
335: I Invite My Parents to a Dinner Party
Mar 6 • 4 min
Today’s poem is I Invite My Parents to a Dinner Party by Chen Chen.
334: Seeing the Ocean from a Night Flight
Mar 5 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Seeing the Ocean from a Night Flight by Wang Xiaoni. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
333: In Defense of Small Towns
Mar 4 • 5 min
Today’s poem is In Defense of Small Towns by Oliver de la Paz.
332: An excerpt from Gates
Mar 3 • 5 min
Today’s poem is an excerpt from Gates by Sahar Muradi. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
331: “Let me tell you about my marvelous god”
Mar 2 • 4 min
Today’s poem is “Let me tell you about my marvelous god” by Susan Stewart.
330: Girls Overheard While Assembling a Puzzle
Feb 28 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Girls Overheard While Assembling a Puzzle by Mary Szybist.
329: Strawberries and Cream
Feb 27 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Strawberries and Cream by Jeff Dolven. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
328: A Joke about How Old We’ve Become
Feb 26 • 5 min
Today’s poem is A Joke about How Old We’ve Become by Adam Clay.
327: Lincoln Town Car
Feb 25 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Lincoln Town Car by Taylor Johnson. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
326: Miz Rosa Rides the Bus
Feb 24 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Miz Rosa Rides the Bus by Angela Jackson.
325: If You’re Going to Look Like a Wolf They Have to Love You More Than They Fear You
Feb 21 • 5 min
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.
324: Of Being Sick and Tired
Feb 20 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Of Being Sick and Tired by Ama Codjoe.
323: An excerpt from Personal Effects
Feb 19 • 5 min
Today’s poem is an excerpt from Personal Effects by Solmaz Sharif.
322: Northeast Corridor
Feb 18 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Northeast Corridor by Cat Richardson. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
321: Inheritance
Feb 17 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Inheritance by Camille Rankine.
320: How Can Black People Write About Flowers at a Time Like This
Feb 14 • 5 min
Today’s poem is How Can Black People Write About Flowers at a Time Like This by Hanif Abdurraqib.
319: A Year Dot
Feb 13 • 5 min
Today’s poem is A Year Dot by dg nanouk okpik.
318: Hurricane
Feb 12 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Hurricane by Yona Harvey.
317: Meditation on Beauty
Feb 11 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Meditation on Beauty by J. Estanislao Lopez.
316: He Dreams of Falling
Feb 10 • 5 min
Today’s poem is He Dreams of Falling by Ruth Ellen Kocher.
315: I Will Love You Most When I Can Barely Remember Anything
Feb 7 • 5 min
Today’s poem is I Will Love You Most When I Can Barely Remember Anything by William Evans.
314: Domestic
Feb 6 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Domestic by Deborah Landau. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
313: Abeyance
Feb 5 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Abeyance by Rebecca Foust.
312: Return
Feb 4 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Return by Gala Mukomolova. This episode features guest host Jenny Xie.
311: Listen,
Feb 3 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Listen, by Barbara Crooker.
310: Mother Mind
Jan 31 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Mother Mind by Julia Ward Howe.
309: Ships That Pass in the Night
Jan 30 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Ships That Pass in the Night by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
308: Let Me Tell You
Jan 29 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Let Me Tell You by Joseph Stroud.
307: Pomegranate Means Grenade
Jan 28 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Pomegranate Means Grenade by Jamaal May.
306: Essay on Reentry
Jan 27 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Essay on Reentry by Reginald Dwayne Betts.
305: Wake Up
Jan 24 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Wake Up by Carl Phillips.
304: Baby & I
Jan 23 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Baby & I by Shira Erlichman.
303: Telling My Father
Jan 22 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Telling My Father by James Crews.
302: Swimming in the Rain
Jan 21 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Swimming in the Rain by Chana Bloch.
301: Confession
Jan 20 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Confession by Leila Chatti.
300: Privacy
Jan 17 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Privacy by Lee Upton.
299: Weight
Jan 16 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Weight by John Freeman.
298: Snow-flakes
Jan 15 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Snow-flakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
297: The Clock
Jan 14 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Clock by Victoria Chang.
296: Making Zelnik at the Sibling Reunion
Jan 13 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Making Zelnik at the Sibling Reunion by Karen Paul Holmes.
295: Voice
Jan 10 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Voice by Kory Wells.
294: The Cup
Jan 9 • 4 min
Today’s poem is The Cup by C.K. Williams.
293: Sitting Down to Breakfast Alone
Jan 8 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Sitting Down to Breakfast Alone by Christian Wiman.
292: Remember
Jan 7 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Remember by Joy Harjo.
291: Jabberwocky
Jan 6 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.
290: The Birds of New York
Jan 3 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Birds of New York by Francisco X. Alarcón.
289: The Traveling Onion
Jan 2 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Traveling Onion by Naomi Shihab Nye.
288: On the Turning of the Year
Jan 1 • 5 min
Today’s poem is On the Turning of the Year by Karen An-Hwei Lee.
287: Prayer On Aladdin’s Lamp
Dec 31, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Prayer On Aladdin’s Lamp by Marcus Wicker. This episode originally aired Dec. 19, 2018.
286: How We Programmed the Apocalypse
Dec 30, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is How We Programmed the Apocalypse by Zoë Hitzig.
285: Kerosene Litany
Dec 27, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Kerosene Litany by Mahogany L. Browne.
284: Holy
Dec 26, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Holy by Nancy Krygowski.
283: When Giving Is All We Have
Dec 25, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is When Giving Is All We Have by Alberto Ríos.
282: Waiting for Happiness
Dec 24, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Waiting for Happiness by Nomi Stone.
281: Penalty Shot
Dec 23, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Penalty Shot by Ishion Hutchinson.
280: Outside my Harlem Window
Dec 20, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Outside my Harlem Window by Lauren Whitehead.
279: Excerpt from Nature Poem
Dec 19, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is an excerpt from Nature Poem by Tommy Pico.
278: Thanks
Dec 18, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Thanks by W.S. Merwin.
277: Assail As Sail Ails As
Dec 17, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Assail As Sail Ails As by Dora Malech.
276: Interrogation Suite: Where did you come from / how did you arrive?
Dec 16, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Interrogation Suite: Where did you come from / how did you arrive? by Remica Bingham-Risher.
275: What a Cyborg Wants
Dec 13, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is What a Cyborg Wants by Franny Choi.
274: Initial Encounter with Locals
Dec 12, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Initial Encounter with Locals by Hai-Dang Phan.
273: What Begets What Begets
Dec 11, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is What Begets What Begets by Rio Cortez.
272: Double Dutch
Dec 10, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Double Dutch by Gregory Pardlo.
271: Sunlight and Chilies
Dec 9, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Sunlight and Chilies by Vandana Khanna.
270: When I Am Six
Dec 6, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is When I Am Six by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.
269: For a Lost Fragment
Dec 5, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is For a Lost Fragment by Carol Moldaw.
268: Gate C22
Dec 4, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Gate C22 by Ellen Bass.
267: Fly in Our Salad
Dec 3, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Fly in Our Salad by Gary Whitehead.
266: After You Get Up Early On Memorial Day
Dec 2, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is After You Get Up Early On Memorial Day by Susanna Lang.
265: Amores Perros
Nov 29, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Amores Perros by Angela Narciso Torres.
264: Sleeping with the Chihuahua
Nov 28, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Sleeping with the Chihuahua by Tami Haaland.
263: Her Daughter’s Eyes
Nov 27, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Her Daughter’s Eyes by Luci Tapahonso.
262: The Season of Phantasmal Peace
Nov 26, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Season of Phantasmal Peace by Dereck Walcott.
261: Cancer
Nov 25, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Cancer by Su Hwang.
260: Morning
Nov 22, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Morning by Adam Zagajewski.
259: Opus from Space
Nov 21, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Opus from Space by Pattiann Rogers.
258: song: for my high school sweetheart
Nov 20, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is song: for my high school sweetheart by Yaya Yao.
257: Eros the Contagion
Nov 19, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Eros the Contagion by Annie Kim.
256: Afterwords
Nov 18, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Afterwords by Mark Strand.
255: The Old Country
Nov 15, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Old Country by Karina Borowicz.
254: So Much Happiness
Nov 14, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is So Much Happiness by Naomi Shihab Nye.
253: The Voyage Nowhere
Nov 13, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Voyage Nowhere by Jennifer Soong.
252: Frequently Asked Questions: #7
Nov 12, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Frequently Asked Questions: #7 by Camille T. Dungy.
251: Feet
Nov 11, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Feet by Alan Shapiro.
250: Passage
Nov 8, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Passage by Joseph Stroud.
249: Hospital Linens
Nov 7, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Hospital Linens by Marianne Boruch.
248: [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.]
Nov 6, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.] by Dawn Lundy Martin.
247: Tide Pool
Nov 5, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Tide Pool by John Balaban.
246: On Election Day
Nov 4, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is On Election Day by Charles Bernstein.
245: Push the Week
Nov 1, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Push the Week by Jackie Kay.
244: We Are Not Responsible
Oct 31, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is We Are Not Responsible by Harryette Mullen.
243: My Aunts
Oct 30, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is My Aunts by Meghan O’Rourke.
242: Falling from the Roof of the Free World
Oct 29, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Falling from the Roof of the Free World by Willa Carroll.
241: Lisle, Illinois, November 1972
Oct 28, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Lisle, Illinois, November 1972 by Robin Silbergleid.
240: Processional
Oct 25, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Processional by Joanna Klink.
239: Elegy for Almost
Oct 24, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Elegy for Almost by Rebecca Lehmann.
238: Cindy Comes To Hear Me Read
Oct 23, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Cindy Comes To Hear Me Read by Jill McDonough.
237: Workshop
Oct 22, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Workshop by Jacob Shores-Arguello.
236: Polaroid Ode
Oct 21, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Polaroid Ode by Cori Winrock.
235: Body and Soul
Oct 18, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Body and Soul by Charles Wright.
234: Last Kiss
Oct 17, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Last Kiss by Jane Ebihara.
233: On the D Train
Oct 16, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is On the D Train by Jacqueline Johnson.
232: My Embodiment
Oct 15, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is My Embodiment by Craig Morgan Teicher.
231: My Grandmother’s Love Letters
Oct 14, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is My Grandmother’s Love Letters by Hart Crane.
230: My Mother of Invention
Oct 11, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is My Mother of Invention by Michael Collier.
229: Pig
Oct 10, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Pig by Henri Cole.
228: Hair
Oct 9, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Hair by Clarence Major.
227: Club Icarus
Oct 8, 2019 • 5 min
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.
226: No War
Oct 7, 2019 • 5 min
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.
225: The Government Has Been Canceled
Oct 4, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Government Has Been Canceled by Maya Catherine Popa.
224: Birthday Poem
Oct 3, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Birthday Poem by Paisley Rekdal.
223: sorrows by Lucille Clifton
Oct 2, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is sorrows by Lucille Clifton.
222: The opposite of the ocean is no ocean.
Oct 1, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The opposite of the ocean is no ocean. by Cathy Linh Che.
221: enough food and a mom
Sep 30, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is enough food and a mom by Francine J. Harris.
220: Through a Glass Through Which We Cannot See
Sep 27, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Through a Glass though Which We Cannot See by Lo Kwa Mei-en. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
219: Personals
Sep 26, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Personals by C.D. Wright. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
218: Enough
Sep 25, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Enough by Suzanne Buffam. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
217: Essay on Wood
Sep 24, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Essay on Wood by James Richardson. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
216: The Wooden Overcoat
Sep 23, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Wooden Overcoat by Rick Barot. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
215: Even The Rain
Sep 20, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Even The Rain by Agha Shahid Ali.
214: The Barbarians Are Coming
Sep 19, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Barbarians Are Coming by Marilyn Chin.
213: Closure
Sep 18, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Closure by Paul Tran.
212: Drip
Sep 17, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Drip by Quenton Baker.
211: One Is One
Sep 16, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is One Is One by Marie Ponsot.
210: Anemoia
Sep 13, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Anemoia by Keetje Kuipers. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
209: Discovery
Sep 12, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Discovery by Natalie Scenters-Zapico. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
208: Killdeer
Sep 11, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Killdeer by Nick Flynn. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
207: Parable for Refugees
Sep 10, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Parable for Refugees by Ladan Osman. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
206: Marriage
Sep 9, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Marriage by Sarah Gambito. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
205: Music from Childhood
Sep 6, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Music from Childhood by John Yau.
204: Remember What I Came Here to Do to This World Very Little Actually
Sep 5, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Remember What I Came Here to Do to This World Very Little Actually by Alice Notley.
203: Sister as Moving Object
Sep 4, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Sister as Moving Object by Jan Beatty.
202: Losers
Sep 3, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Losers by Jay Bernard.
201: Freeway 280
Sep 2, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Freeway 280 by Lorna Dee Cervantes.
200: Left to ask
Aug 30, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Left to ask by Michael Klein.
199: Small Kindnesses
Aug 29, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Small Kindnesses by Danusha Lameris.
198: Night Work
Aug 28, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Night Work by Ed Bok Lee.
197: Tornado Child
Aug 27, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Tornado Child by Kwame Dawes.
196: Bargain
Aug 26, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Bargain by Andrea Cohen.
195: Update
Aug 23, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Update by Amy Gerstler.
194: A world’s too little for thy tent, a grave too big for me
Aug 22, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is A world’s too little for thy tent, a grave too big for me by Connie Voisine.
193: Winter Trees
Aug 21, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams.
192: The Death of an Elephant
Aug 20, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Death of an Elephant by Gianfranco Pagnucci.
191: Staying Alive
Aug 19, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Staying Alive by David Wagoner.
190: World Word by Eamon Grennan
Aug 16, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is World Word by Eamon Grennan.
189: Old Farmer
Aug 15, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Old Farmer by Vievee Francis.
188: Failure
Aug 14, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Failure by Eugene Gloria.
187: Summary of Fifteen Years
Aug 13, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Summary of Fifteen Years by Suzanne Cleary.
186: Directions To Finding You, Or Maybe Just An Inferior Prayer
Aug 12, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Directions To Finding You, Or Maybe Just An Inferior Prayer by Angel Nafis.
185: Hit
Aug 9, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Hit.
184: Heirloom
Aug 8, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Heirloom by Lauren Clark.
183: A Room at Last
Aug 7, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is A Room at Last by Ko Un.
182: Writing a Poem
Aug 6, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Writing a Poem by Shirley Geok-lin Lim.
181: Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight
Aug 5, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight by Jane Hirshfield.
180: Evening Sun
Aug 2, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Evening Sun by Jane Kenyon.
179: Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens
Aug 1, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens by Matthea Harvey.
178: God
Jul 31, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is God by Marsha de la O.
177: Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound
Jul 30, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound by Ellen Bass.
176: The Boatman
Jul 29, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Boatman by Carolyn Forché.
175: Immigrant Can’t Write Poetry
Jul 26, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Immigrant Can’t Write Poetry by Wang Ping.
174: Casa
Jul 25, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Casa by Rigoberto Gonzalez.
173: Strong Men, Riding Horses
Jul 24, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Strong Men, Riding Horses by Tishani Doshi.
172: Poem for Passengers
Jul 23, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Poem for Passengers by Matthew Zapruder.
171: Spring Morning
Jul 22, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Spring Morning by A.A. Milne.
170: Dantalion
Jul 19, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Dantalion by Jeffrey Thomson.
169: Haiku
Jul 18, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Haiku by Etheridge Knight.
168: What Does It Say
Jul 17, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is What Does It Say by Tess Gallagher.
167: Material
Jul 16, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Material by Sarah Rose Nordgren.
166: Variations in Blue
Jul 15, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Variations in Blue by Lauren K. Alleyne.
165: This Is Not a Small Voice
Jul 12, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is This Is Not a Small Voice by Sonia Sanchez.
164: Silence
Jul 11, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Silence by Marianne Moore.
163: A Small Needful Fact
Jul 10, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay.
162: Our Valley
Jul 9, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Our Valley by Philip Levine.
161: [as freedom is a breakfastfood]
Jul 8, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is [as freedom is a breakfastfood] by e.e. cummings.
160: Courtyard Fire
Jul 5, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Courtyard Fire by Arthur Sze.
159: from here i saw what happened and i cried
Jul 4, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is from here i saw what happened and i cried by t’ai freedom ford.
158: In prison
Jul 3, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is In prison by Jean Valentine.
157: To the Woman at the United Airlines Check-in Desk at Newark
Jul 2, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is To the Woman at the United Airlines Check-in Desk at Newark by Nick Laird.
156: after the reading
Jul 1, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is after the reading by Lucille Clifton.
155: Borderline Mambo
Jun 28, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Borderline Mambo by Rita Dove.
154: No Apology: A Poemifesto
Jun 27, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is No Apology: A Poemifesto by Carmen Smith Giménez.
153: The Heaven of Animals
Jun 26, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Heaven of Animals by James Dickey.
152: Europa Nostra
Jun 25, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Europa Nostra by Nathalie Handal.
151: The Fitting
Jun 24, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Fitting by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
150: On Time
Jun 21, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is On Time by John Milton.
149: Red Rover
Jun 20, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Red Rover by Claire Wahmanholm.
148: The Clam
Jun 19, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Clam by Keith Leonard.
147: Changeling
Jun 18, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Changeling by Hieu Minh Nguyen.
146: The White Fires of Venus
Jun 17, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The White Fires of Venus by Denis Johnson.
145: Mighty Pawns
Jun 14, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Mighty Pawns by Major Jackson.
144: The Preacher Addresses the Seminarians
Jun 13, 2019 • 5 min
NOTE: This poem contains an instance of explicit language. Today’s poem is The Preacher Addresses the Seminarians by Christian Wiman.
143: Untitled
Jun 12, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Untitled by Sesshu Foster.
142: Ozymandias
Jun 11, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
141: Ego
Jun 10, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Ego by Denise Duhamel.
140: To the Thawing Wind
Jun 7, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is To the Thawing Wind by Robert Frost.
139: Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing
Jun 6, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing by Toi Derricotte.
138: Still Life with Aspirin
Jun 5, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Still Life with Aspirin by Lucie Brock-Broido.
137: What Kind of Times Are These
Jun 4, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is What Kind of Times Are These by Adrienne Rich.
136: Where There Were Steep Riverbanks
Jun 3, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Where There Were Steep Riverbanks by Circe Maia.
135: Circe
May 31, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Circe by H.D.
134: Beehive
May 30, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Beehive by Jean Toomer.
133: Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg
May 29, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg by Richard Hugo.
132: Punishment
May 28, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Punishment by Seamus Heaney.
131: I Loved You Before I Was Born
May 27, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is I Loved You Before I Was Born by Li-Young Lee.
130: Dancing Bear
May 24, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Dancing Bear by Richard Scott.
129: The Year I Had Cancer
May 23, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Year I Had Cancer by Brad Buchanan.
128: Safe house
May 22, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Safe house by Busisiwe Mahlangu.
127: Big Finish
May 21, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Big Finish by Kimberly Johnson.
126: My Parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary
May 20, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is My Parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary by Aaron Smith.
125: Yoko
May 17, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Yoko by Thom Gunn.
124: the break
May 16, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is the break by Nate Marshall.
123: When Vision Narrows To A Single Beam of Light
May 15, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is When Vision Narrows To A Single Beam of Light by Eleanor Wilner.
122: Whipping Tree
May 14, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Whipping Tree by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
121: A Room of Her Own
May 13, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is A Room of Her Own by Ming Di.
120: What’s Left
May 10, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is What’s Left by Kerry Hardie.
119: He Said
May 9, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is He Said by Gerald Stern.
118: Migraine: Aura and Aftermath
May 8, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Migraine: Aura and Aftermath by Claudia Emerson.
117: To The Republic
May 7, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is To The Republic by Frank Bidart.
116: Record Changer
May 6, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Record Changer by Adrian Matejka.
115: Michiko Dead
May 3, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Michiko Dead by Jack Gilbert.
114: Burial
May 2, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Burial by Koleka Putuma.
113: First Will & Testament
May 1, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is First Will & Testament by sam sax.
112: The Darkling Thrush
Apr 30, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy.
111: Bored
Apr 29, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Bored by Margaret Atwood.
110: We Lived Happily During The War
Apr 26, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is We Lived Happily During The War by Ilya Kaminsky.
109: Pearl
Apr 25, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Pearl by Dorianne Laux.
108: Backwards
Apr 24, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Backwards by Warsan Shire.
107: Thank You For Waiting
Apr 23, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Thank You For Waiting by Simon Armitage.
106: Lake Michigan, Scene 3
Apr 22, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Lake Michigan, Scene 3 by Daniel Borzutzky.
105: I Just Hope I Can Sleep
Apr 19, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is I Just Hope I Can Sleep by Dorothea Lasky.
104: Poem for an Antique Korean Fishing Bobber
Apr 18, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is “Poem for an Antique Korean Fishing Bobber” by Dobby Gibson.
103: The Skylark
Apr 17, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Skylark by John Clare.
102: Love Poem
Apr 16, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Love Poem by Donika Kelly.
101: Postcards from the Labyrinth
Apr 15, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Postcards from the Labyrinth by Johnny Lorenz.
100: New World Orchestra
Apr 12, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is New World Orchestra by Ed Roberson.
99: Philadelphia
Apr 11, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Philadelphia by Emily Skaja.
98: stunt
Apr 10, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is stunt by Monique Ferrell.
97: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [“You don’t seem to want it, but you wanted it”]
Apr 9, 2019 • 4 min
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.
96: The Sun Rising
Apr 8, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Sun Rising by John Donne.
95: A Very Good Dog
Apr 5, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is A Very Good Dog by Matthew Dickman.
94: Anna May Wong on Silent Films
Apr 4, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Anna May Wong on Silent Films by Sally Wen Mao.
93: Purple Bathing Suit
Apr 3, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Purple Bathing Suit by Louise Gluck.
92: Always Alone
Apr 2, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Always Alone by Linda Gregg.
90: Villanelle of the Suicide’s Mother
Mar 28, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Villanelle of the Suicide’s Mother by C.K. Williams.
89: Crowning
Mar 28, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Crowning by Kevin Young.
88: Ars Poetica #28: African Leave-Taking Disorder
Mar 26, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Ars Poetica #28: African Leave-Taking Disorder by Elizabeth Alexander.
87: The Space Between Skins Is Called A Wound
Mar 26, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Space Between Skins Is Called A Wound by Julian Randall.
86: Black cricket in the doorway, on the ceiling, in
Mar 25, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Black cricket in the doorway, on the ceiling, in by Quan Barry.
85: Night Surrender
Mar 21, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Night Surrender by Leila Ortiz.
84: Storm
Mar 20, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Storm by Tina Chang.
83: Spring and Fall
Mar 19, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
82: I Watch Her Eat the Apple
Mar 18, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is I Watch Her Eat the Apple by Natalie Diaz.
81: Parable of a Firstborn
Mar 18, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Parable of a Firstborn by Rebecca Morgan Frank.
80: Muse
Mar 15, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Muse by Loretta Collins Klobah.
79: Trans Is Against Nostalgia
Mar 13, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Trans Is Against Nostalgia by Taylor Johnson.
78: Introduction to Patriarchy
Mar 13, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Introduction to Patriarchy by Chelsea Rathburn.
77: Utsuroi
Mar 12, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Utsuroi by Lee Ann Roripaugh.
76: Listen
Mar 11, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Listen by Didi Jackson.
75: The Unwritten
Mar 8, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Unwritten by W.S. Merwin.
74: Waking Up
Mar 7, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Waking Up by Thomas James.
73: If They Come for Us
Mar 6, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar.
72: Bat
Mar 5, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Bat by D.H. Lawrence.
71: Naomi
Mar 4, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Naomi by Tjawangwa Dema.
70: On the Death of WWE Professional Wrestler Chyna
Feb 28, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is On the Death of WWE Professional Wrestler Chyna by Hala Alyan.
69: On Days When We Both Travel
Feb 28, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is On Days When We Both Travel by Brenda Hillman.
68: The Line-Up
Feb 26, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Line-Up by Joan Swift.
67: Out of Some Other Paradise
Feb 25, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Out of Some Other Paradise by Alex Dimitrov.
66: Still Life with Little Brother
Feb 25, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Still Life with Little Brother by Joshua Bennett.
65: Kosmos
Feb 22, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Kosmos by Walt Whitman.
64: I like to see it lap the Miles
Feb 21, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is I like to see it lap the Miles by Emily Dickinson
63: Wind
Feb 19, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Wind by James Fenton.
62: supply and demand
Feb 19, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is supply and demand by Evie Shockley.
61: Europe
Feb 18, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Europe by Kiki Petrosino.
60: Tamed
Feb 15, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Tamed by Tyree Daye.
59: Coming Out
Feb 14, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Coming Out by Iliana Rocha.
58: The Singing School
Feb 13, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Singing School by Eloise Klein Healy.
57: In Memory of Shame
Feb 12, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is In Memory of Shame by Karenne Wood.
56: Name that Means Holy in Greek
Feb 11, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Name That Means Holy in Greek by Kim Addonzio.
55: America (Peaches)
Feb 8, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is America (peaches) by Kathleen Graber.
54: Dancing in Buses
Feb 7, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Dancing in Buses by Javier Zamora.
53: Boy in Park
Feb 6, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Boy in Park by Laura Kasischke.
52: Gizzard Song
Feb 5, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Gizzard Song by Dean Young.
51: The Mystical Rose
Feb 4, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Mystical Rose by Adelia Prado.
50: Dear P.
Feb 1, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Dear P. by Victoria Chang.
49: The View
Jan 31, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is The View by Tim Seibles.
48: Elegy for Smoking
Jan 30, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Elegy for Smoking by Patrick Phillips.
47: The Emperor’s Deer
Jan 29, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Emperor’s Deer by Kamilah Aisha Moon.
46: Origin Stories
Jan 28, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Origin Stories by Safia Elhillo.
45: Self-Portrait with Sylvia Plath’s Braid
Jan 25, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Self-Portrait with Sylvia Plath’s Braid by Diane Seuss.
44: Swatting Flies
Jan 24, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Swatting Flies by Austin Smith.
43: Black is Beautiful
Jan 23, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Black is Beautiful by Monica A. Hand.
42: Flesh
Jan 22, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Flesh by Yi Lei.
41: Sweeping the States
Jan 21, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s episode Sweeping the States by Jacob Saenz.
40: Kettling
Jan 18, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Kettling by January Gill O’Neil.
39: Walking Home
Jan 17, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Walking Home by Jay Udall.
38: Ode to the Pager
Jan 16, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Ode to the Pager by Marcus Jackson.
37: To My Twenty-Four-Year-Old Self
Jan 15, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is To My Twenty-Four-Year-Old Self by Brenda Shaughnessy.
36: Quiet Places
Jan 14, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Quiet Places by Lemn Sissay.
35: Poem Where I Be a Doe & You, by Effect, Are a Wolf
Jan 11, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Poem in Which I Be a Doe & You, by Effect, Are a Wolf by Danez Smith
34: Speaking Tree
Jan 10, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Speaking Tree by Joy Harjo.
33: Photograph: Circa 1960
Jan 9, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Photograph: Circa 1960 by Angela Jackson.
32: Gentrifier
Jan 8, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Gentrifier by Franny Choi.
31: Turtle, Swan
Jan 7, 2019 • 6 min
Today’s poem is Turtle, Swan by Mark Doty.
30: Vows
Jan 4, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Vows by Melissa Stein.
29: Our Dead Friend
Jan 3, 2019 • 4 min
Today’s poem is Our Dead Friend by Alicia Suskin Ostriker.
28: On Kindness
Jan 2, 2019 • 7 min
Today’s poem is On Kindness by Aracelis Girmay.
27: The Raincoat
Jan 1, 2019 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Raincoat by Ada Limon.
26: Against the Promise of a View
Dec 31, 2018 • 5 min
Today’s poem is Against the Promise of a View by Maureen N. McLane.
25: The Star Market
Dec 28, 2018 • 5 min
Today’s poem is The Star Market by Marie Howe.