Sarah Kay: "A Bird Made of Birds"
ساره كاي: "طائر خُلق من الطيور"
A performing poet since she was 14 years old, Sarah Kay is the founder of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry as a literacy and empowerment tool. Full bio
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who is a fellow poet.
on a hook from the ceiling,
that the heart of a blue whale
can stand up fully inside of it.
the poem you were planning on writing."
التي كنت تخطط لكتابتها."
I was horrified.
I'm trying to invent new metaphors!
that hasn't been discovered yet.
is always going to get there before me?"
a uniquely poet problem,
feels especially big
كبيراً جداً خاصةَ
that some of you may have seen.
الذي ربما رآه بعضكم
every couple of months.
that are called starlings,
called a "murmuration,"
just a big cloud of birds.
a quick video on their phone
where the birds shift,
written the poem
it didn't fill me with despair.
to invent something new.
to what the universe is showing me
إلى ما يظهره الكون لي
to what the universe offers,
but point at the flock of starlings
الإشارة إلى قطيع الزرزور
in inherited choreography,
is as large as a house
to fit a person standing.
inside a flower,
you can stand up inside of.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERSarah Kay - Poet
A performing poet since she was 14 years old, Sarah Kay is the founder of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry as a literacy and empowerment tool.
Why you should listen
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. Not only did Sarah Kay do that -- she 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.
Sarah holds a Masters degree in the art of teaching from Brown University and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Grinnell College. Her first book, B, was ranked the number one poetry book on Amazon.com. Her second book, No Matter the Wreckage, is available from Write Bloody Publishing.
Sarah also founded Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry as a literacy and empowerment tool. Project VOICE runs performances and workshops to encourage people to engage in creative self-expression in schools and communities around the world.
Sarah Kay | Speaker | TED.com