Wednesday, April 03, 2019

NPM: Day 3

I don't know much about Tracy K. Smith, the current Poet Laureate of the United States. Before she got her job, I hadn't read any of her work, and now I've only read some of what's available online. (Here's one poem, "The Universe as Primal Scream.") But I feel as though I've been getting to know her by listening to her podcast, "The Slowdown."

Every weekday, Smith publishes a five-minute podcast that includes a poem she's chosen and a little commentary. You can see the poems, plus subscribe to the podcast, here, but unfortunately her remarks aren't included in the written version. That tab is open on my desktop because I like to go to the website and reread the poems I particularly like. I always get more out of them with my eyes than my ears.

Smith's choices are eclectic. Most of the poems are contemporary, but she's featured Langston Hughes, George Herbert, D.H. Lawrence, Emily Dickinson, and many other classic poets. I highly recommend this podcast if you're looking for a little more poetry in your life, not just now, during National Poetry Month, but all year long.

Today's Progressive Poem line is here. You can see the full schedule here.


Tabatha said...

Funny, yesterday I heard about "The Slowdown" and was going to tell my daughter Ariana. Before I had a chance, she told me that she had been listening to a poetry podcast. "The Slowdown," I asked? "Yes," she said. And here you are with it as well.
I really liked "The Universe as Primal Scream." Thanks!

Linda B said...

It sounds like one I will enjoy, Ruth. Thanks for the share!

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