“I Write Poems to Figure Things Out.”

“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B … ” began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011.

She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of “B” and “Hiroshima.”

A performing poet since she was 14 years old, Sarah Kay is the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E, teaching poetry and self-expression at schools across the United States.

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About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and actively learning how to perform stand-up comedy.
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2 Responses to “I Write Poems to Figure Things Out.”

  1. Gary says:

    I shall begin my comment on this wonderful post with a resounding “Oh My Gosh”
    the video clip is wonderful!

    Sarah Kay, what inspirational speaker! She is young and vibrant, gifted with the ability to motivate and teach. She is bright eyed and encouraging. She is seemingly bursting with youthful wisdom, much of it, likely gleaned from a nurturing parent and a passion for reading, writing and poetry. This young lady placed goose-bumps on my arms, by my simple observation of her enthusiasm for spoken poetry and describing four basic principles. Halleluiah….anyone has a poem worth writing or speaking, all we need to do is begin with step #1 as she teaches!

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