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The Slowdown with Tracy K. Smith

Poetry Playlist on Hope, Kindness and More

Here are all of our favorite episodes of The Slowdown about nature, hope, kindness and more. Listen and take a moment to slow down.

You can listen to the playlist on Spotify here or you can listen to the episodes below! Follow the links to see the full text of each poem.

28: On Kindness

by Aracelis Girmay







34: Speaking Tree

by Joy Harjo







289: The Traveling Onion

by Naomi Shihab Nye







272: Double Dutch

by Gregory Pardlo








266: After You Get Up Early On Memorial Day

by Susanna Lang








145: Mighty Pawns

by Major Jackson








264: Sleeping with the Chihuahua

by Tami Haaland








257: Eros the Contagion

by Annie Kim








259: Opus from Space

by Pattiann Rogers








228: Hair

by Clarence Major








254: So Much Happiness

by Naomi Shihab Nye








311: Listen,

by Barbara Crooker







18: Prayer on Aladdin’s Lamp

by Marcus Wicker







296: Making Zelnik at the Sibling Reunion

by Karen Paul Holmes







148: The Clam

by Keith Leonard







199: Small Kindnesses

by Danusha Lameris







22: Love (III)

by George Herbert







111: Bored

by Margaret Atwood







277: Assail As Sail Ails As

by Dora Malech








270: When I Am Six

by Aimee Nezhukumatathil








277: Assail As Sail Ails As

by Dora Malech








282: Waiting for Happiness

by Nomi Stone









27: The Raincoat

by Ada Limon








291: Jabberwocky

by Lewis Carroll