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No Matter the Wreckage

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She began performing poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club in the East Village at the age of 14, joining their Slam Team in 2006. When the weight gives, and all that extra rope comes hurtling towards you, how even though you've won, you still end up with muddy knees and burns on your hands?

She is perhaps best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference, which garnered two standing ovations and has been seen over three million times online. I like the challenge of trying to figure out what that room full of people needs or wants on that particular night. For some I imagine reading the poetry will not compare to watching her present, but I think that that is a limitation of the medium, more than a complaint about the book.

Description: Following the success of her breakout poem, "B," Sarah Kay releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career.

That is what I was really puzzling over in this poem: how do I heal from something I did not actually witness? A decade’s worth of writing about family, love, and the importance of “never let[ting] gravity become too familiar. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay’s talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects (“The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire”). And then again, you are brought to post-apartheid Cape Town where you can almost smell the rusty cage in which pigeons were housed. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.Whether or not you're a big fan of poetry, I absolutely recommend picking this book up, because I can absolutely guarantee that you will fall in love with it. Here are some of the poems from this collection performed by Sarah: (I highly recommend watching them! Poetry is a very subjective thing, and for me to appreciate it I have to connect with what it's saying.

There are some poems that I felt too intimate for me to be reading, like I was invading her privacy, but that's how Sarah Kay is.Although Kay works primarily in spoken word poetry, she has had written poems published in magazines such as Foundling Review, DamselFly Press, and decomP literary magazine.

I didn't know anything about Sarah Kay or her poetry before I met her at the signing for Jonny Sun's book this past June, but once I heard her read her poem "The Paradox," I was immediately enthralled and added her poetry collection, No Matter The Wreckage, to my TBR and my Christmas want list.It took a few poems for me to get into No Matter The Wreckage and get used to the distinctive style of the poems and the poet’s voice. What sets No Matter the Wreckage apart is Kay's ability to find magic in the ordinary, painting intimate portraits of unlikely love affairs between objects and exploring whimsical topics. However, plenty of times, a poem is not necessarily about my family, but my family is serving as the setting for the actual subject of the poem. The great thing about Sarah Kay is that she not only manages to show you the sadness and rawness of reality, but also the joys in the little things.

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