Reviews
Ada and Tracy are both gorgeous poets and beautiful celebrators of others’ work. Take the time to listen. It’s healing.
DogLoverMartha via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/11/23
Ada
Ada doesn’t have large feet, but still her shoes will be hard to fill.
Karen DHD via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/27/22
Love listening to Ada. Her voice and the way she articulates the poetry she reads is so unique. She will definitely be missed.
EyeDoc86 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/14/22
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...Read full review »
jaywasheldc via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/31/22
The intros to poems are poetic as well!
question things via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/14/22
I would enjoy each listen - hearing the poem, first! I do enjoy Ms. Limon’s voice, explanations, etc - it would all work best, after hearing the poems. MSS/España, EU
al's shadow via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/12/22
Such a nice way to hear many poets’ voices
K.C.22 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/21/22
For me, this show is a great concept corrector for the start of my days. Love this show, and you will too.
J Aldridge via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/22
A few moments each morning and I can bring a bit more attention to the rest of the day Ada Limon has a wonderful voice and her introduction to each poem helps give a better sense of what’s to come
rpb139 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/11/22
A lovely change of pace from my usual round up of podcasts. Relaxing, inspiring, thoughtful. Pressing “play” in and of itself is a recommitment to a life of wonder and delight.
Jess M F via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/28/22
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Corrine63 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/22
Ada’s intro to “Sligo Abbey” was poetry itself, for ex: “Sometimes the job of the poet is to listen and sometimes it is to become the unburied voice” Thanks for the podcast xx
Saraintheclouds via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/07/22
Ada sent me on a wild goose chase for a story by Ray Bradbury about the wind that wanted to kill a man, which she says she read in the 8th grade in his book “Dandelion Wine.” But that’s a memoir, not a book of stories! Now I'm wondering where I can find that story. Very frustrating,...Read full review »
Midwest Meditator via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/08/22
Thankful for this calming and beautiful way to start the day.
Mrs.W 2008 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/27/21
I really enjoyed today’s thought-provoking poem. Thanks!
Jimmyjimjim! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/26/21
Your calm voice helps me relax, thank you. The content keeps me entertained and engaged. It’s a welcome distraction to my stressful day. 😀
sydneysmom2020 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/18/21
Started listening recently and Ada is fantastic. Poems are gorgeous. Much needed balm during this chaotic time.
flowerlover33 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/27/21
So glad you’re back Slowdown! Ada Limon’s voice is wonderful
Supersmartsquirrel via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/23/21
I have often thought that these daily gems must take a lot of work. I appreciate your introductions to each prom so much; you are a wonderful guide. I now plan to find a collection of your work at my local indy bookstore.
Meta pelet via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/19/20
I’ll miss you Tracy K Smith. I look forward to your new poems and amazing voice in the world. Thank you for introducing me to poets I may have never found without you. You are a gift.
Tayvallich via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/18/20
Thank you, Tracy, for this poetry offering of love. I am grateful for these connections that I feel each day from the slowdown. Hearing your own and the other poets’ thoughts through your kind and gentle voice is a soothing balm for me these days. I will miss you, when your hiatus happens, and I...Read full review »
AEM2;-) via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/29/20
Much needed moments of peace, beauty and inspiration in my day.
MarianaDale via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/20/20
Each episode is so beautifully introduced, the first time I listened I thought Tracy’s intro was the poem. I’m grateful to have the gems of these poems to enrich my life.
WandaW via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/19/20
It’s a wonderful podcast.
Oliver quid via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/20/20
I really like Tracy’s delivery. A few other podcasts I’ve tried have read poems too fast I find, but Tracy’s delivery is engaging and at a pace that allows time to digest. I also really like the selection of poems. They are on a diverse range of subjects by lots of poets which is exactly what I...Read full review »
MattRdavey via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/19/20
Tracey is an American success story straight out of Fairfield! Go Falcons!!
ChillDP via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/13/20
Five. Minutes. Beauty. Goodness. Truth. Five. Minutes. Beauty. Goodness. Truth. Repeat...
Gwenivari via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/08/20
I loved my daily dose of Tracy K. Smith’s soothing voice, her own words and her selection of poems. But having to listen to that same voice advertising some poetry-unrelated businesses is spoiling the experience for me, very sad about it.
AnneB99 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/01/20
I am so grateful for your work product and positive purpose in this life thank you!
dorothy's ddufhter via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/18/20
Needed to hear the calm readings of others experiences in life and find hope and awareness for humanity today.
TLD 2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/31/20
This podcast is simply everything. I love starting my day in the peace and ease of Tracy’s generous, honest, and wise commentary followed by the wide and deep poetry she shares. I return later in the afternoon - a long day lived with young children and home-keeping and good work only...Read full review »
SweetPotato*78 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/27/20
There’s no substitute for a good guide. Tracy’s set up of each piece gives me a path by which to access a poem, with freedom to enjoy it for myself rather than trying to interpret a meaning. What a perfect vessel this is for delivering a poem each day.
Origami Girl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/27/20
Tracy K. Smith has the most wonderfully soothing voice. Her personalized intros are gift to the world as well. Not to mention the poetry, of course.
Feaoifheag via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/23/20
A little sweetness in a time of so much hate. So welcome!
JJRROMI via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/20/20
Wonderful poems, lovely voice, superb introductions.
peninsula poet via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/24/20
The introductions are practically poems in themselves. The cadence of her voice is perfect for the readings, introductions insightful, and curation unimpeachable.
monstrz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/30/20
I used to love poetry but fell out of reading it. I already go to so many theatre events that attending more poetry events isn’t tenable. But hearing poetry read aloud is the best and that’s exactly what Tracy K Smith does so well in each day’s Slowdown episode. Thank you for letting us into your...Read full review »
coolpen via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/29/20
This short podcast is somehow both serene and invigorating, and it's is a joy to have one every day. I also really like the soft music at the beginning. Somehow it fits. :)Read full review »
fizo! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/24/20
This is a warm space. And it’s full of lights. The conceit of this space is, it seems, to put the poem in the world. Not above it. The first minutes are about... life. The poem comes in only after the world is established. It’s worn not like a hat, but like something inward, held. A rib, a nerve,...Read full review »
MurasakiFloof via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/16/19
The last two episodes have been cut off at less than a minute. Please fix this editing problem!
Chabbi21 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/18/19
Tracy K Smith does so much in a ~5 minute podcast. Not only does she bring great poems from a wide range of poets, but her anecdotes and introductions are delightful. I can’t recommend the Slowdown enough
Daveiii via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/14/19
Absolutely love listening to this podcast.
jmr1490 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/05/19
Fantastic podcast!
Capnarlos7 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/03/19
The quality of my life has changed for the better because of The Slowdown. There are so many levels to this, not the least of which is my writing. Passionate, musical, skillful verbal acts are now a daily presence in my life. I think you understand how much this means to me. Each introduction...Read full review »
ivory Ivy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/28/19
I like the poems and often want just to get to them, rather than hearing the stories Tracy tells from her life. The music is like something from a soft rock, adult contemporary station and really detracts from the show.
Trennebek via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/07/19
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