The Slowdown: Poetry & Reflection Daily

American Public Media

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.

The Slowdown is your daily poetry ritual. Make us a part of your routine as you drink coffee in the morning, as you take a walk in nature, or as you wind down to go to sleep in the evening. With host Major Jackson, we collectively take a moment to calm, to inspire, to learn, and to engage with the best emerging poets and established writers of our time and generations past, from Emily Dickinson to Danez Smith, from Amanda Gorman to Mary Oliver.

Listen to our back catalog for episodes by our previous hosts, Tracy K. Smith and Ada Limón, as well as guest hosts Jenny Xie, Brenda Shaughnessy, Tina Chang, Nate Marshall, Shira Erlichiman, and Jason Schneiderman. Our hosts and production team select poems that move them, and we hope they move you, too. read less

Our Editor's Take

The Slowdown is a podcast where host Ada Limon delivers a poem and a moment of reflection each weekday. The show aims to help listeners find a deeper connection to the world around them.

Something is happening to the pace of our lives. People are in a state of constant busyness, and it's taking a toll on health, relationships, and sanity. The Slowdown is providing a way to help try and change this.

Limon is an award-winning poet who has taken on the role of hosting the third season of the show. She follows previous host Tracy K. Smith. The new format allows her to tackle a wide range of relevant topics. Each episode sees the host share a poem from a different writer that reflects on a relevant theme. Authors include Ashley M. Jones, Danny Caine, and E.E. Cummings.

The podcast offers listeners a chance to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life. American Public Media, in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, produces this podcast.

In a world that is fast-paced and stressful, The Slowdown offers a much-needed respite. The podcast's calming tone and relaxing music make it the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.

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