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April is National Poetry Month! and as previously mentioned I would present a few posts of poems and poetic forms in celebration…Today: The poets Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, a few of their poems, and a fantastic TED talk on Performance Poetry…

I stumbled across Sarah Kay on youtube looking for some Slam Poets N had showed me. I’d been watching a few of her performances on youtube and came across her 2011 TED talk by Sarah Kay a was moved by it. Please make the time for it, it truly is wonderful.

Firstly: “Worst Poetry,” and second “Private Parts,”

and at the bottom of the post is her TED talk.

a bit about Sarah via her “about” here:

Sara Kay is a New Yorker. a poetry writer and reader. a spoken word poetry teacher. the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E.* with Phil Kaye**. […] a documentary filmmaker. a foodie. a playwright. a singer. a songwriter. a photographer. a best-selling author of the book B. an editor for Write Bloody Publishing. […] the daughter of a Taoist mother and a Brooklynese father. a hapa. […] an alum of Brown University. an alum of Brown University Graduate School’s Masters Program in the Art of Teaching Secondary English.

*Project V.O.I.C.E.

pht.project.voice_(Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression) is an organization based on three founding principles: Entertainment, Education, and Inspiration. Conceived in 2004, Project V.O.I.C.E. celebrates self-expression and encourages people to engage with the world around them by using Spoken Word Poetry as an instrument to better explore their culture, their society, and themselves. Project V.O.I.C.E. brings together performance, writing, and a supportive environment to convince people that their views are significant, valid, and necessary.

**a bit about Phil from his “about here:

Phil first fell in love with spoken word poetry at age 17. Since then he has had the privilege of touring around the globe as a celebrated performer, writer, and teacher. […] His first book, A Light Bulb Symphony, was published in 2011, and his work can be found regularly in CHAOS Magazine. […] Phil is a graduate of Brown University, where he was head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE) and taught weekly poetry workshops in maximum security prisons. He is the two-time recipient of the National College Poetry Slam award for “Pushing the Art Forward”, given for outstanding innovation in the art of performance poetry. […] Phil lives in New York City and spends his time writing new work, using 90s slang, and quietly wondering to himself what the dealio is.

you can watch him perform “Hip Hop Lullaby” here {w/ a caution for profanity}

Sarah and Phil perform “When Love Arrives” {caution: profanity}

2 Comments Add yours

  1. tuulenhaiven says:

    Soooo good. Thanks for sharing! When Love Arrives is beautiful – and I fell madly in love with Sarah Kay after watching the first video. 🙂

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