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The Slowdown

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Poet Major Jackson is your guide on the pathways to feel and understand our common journey – through poetry. In sharing poems, we take a moment to pause and acknowledge the world’s magnitude, and how poets illuminate that mystery. Join The Slowdown for a poem and a moment of reflection in one short episode, every weekday. Produced by APM Studios in partnership with The Poetry Foundation and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Latest Episodes

Today’s poem is The Whole World is the Best Land I Ever Lived by Lynn Melnick. This episode is guest hosted by Jason Schneiderman.

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Today’s poem is Agoraphobia by Natasha Sajé. This episode is guest hosted by Jason Schneiderman.

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 1.2k ratings
  • Thrilled this show is back, and with Major Jackson!!

    This show is my favorite daily ritual, and I’m so pleased that Major Jackson has joined the lineage of amazing hosts! I love the way this show makes poetry accessible, and I really appreciate the host’s commentary. Kudos to the production team!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Sometimes this is the best part of my day

    Ada and Tracy are both gorgeous poets and beautiful celebrators of others’ work. Take the time to listen. It’s healing.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Ada

    Ada doesn’t have more

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    Karen DHD
    United States3 months ago
  • Ada Limón is the best!

    Love listening to Ada. Her voice and the way she articulates the poetry she reads is so unique. She will definitely be missed.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • 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... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States7 months ago

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