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Dec 15, 2011

TALKING POINT : How Many Lives You Can Live - Sarah Kay


As someone who dabbles in various forms of Haiku, Poetry and writing, (but not very good at talking about it or reading it aloud to a group of friends or audience) I was not sure how a poem is performed or what actually is a performing poet. Then I came across this TEDx Talk by Sarah Kay today. Well, it changed the way I look at poetry... It’s an amazing talk and Sarah Kay’s two poetry that she reads in this video is not only a powerful performance but an amazing piece of powerful poetry writing. Her thought about “How Many Lives You Can Live” is very inspiring too. Must watch the video...

Sarah Kay says as she finishes her poetry... "My father picked up the camera and went on hunting the forest fire ...on the other side, I wrote on the margins of my notebook, a poem..."

“We have both learned the art of capture,
May be we are learning the art of embracing
May be we are learning the art of letting go”

Brief Introduction
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Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay was stunned to find she couldn’t be a princess, ballerina and astronaut all in one lifetime. In this talk from TEDxEast, she delivers two powerful poems that show us how we can live other lives.

Sarah Kay
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

Why you should listen to her:




hands are not about politics / this is a poem about love / and fingers/ fingers interlock like a beautiful zipper of prayer
--Sarah Kay

Plenty of 14-year-old girls write poetry. But few hide under the bar of the famous Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan’s East Village absorbing the talents of New York’s most exciting poets. Sarah Kay also had the guts to take its stage and hold her own against performers at least a decade her senior. Her talent for weaving words into poignant, funny, and powerful performances paid off.
Now 22, Kay is a successful spoken word poet and co-directs Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression). Founded by Kay in 2004, Project V.O.I.C.E. encourages people, particularly teenagers, to use spoken word as a tool for understanding the world and self, and a medium for vital expression.

Her poem "B" has been turned into a hardcover book

"A day with Sarah Kay reminded me of poetry's power to help us make sense of our lives, to see the world in a new way."
Deb Martin, Rowan University
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Video Curtsey TEDx East
Text curtsey TEDxEast about the Speaker, Click here to read more
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