Sarah Kay is a spoken word poet most famous for these gems:
I think I love her poetry because there’s something New York about it. There’s something nostalgic about it. It’s about family & insecurity & love. There’s poems about objects, body parts, people, or poems inspired by other poets, places, history, & moments.
I’m going to list my top five favorites other than the ones shown above.
My favorite quote: “I had never seen another person so up-close before. Things happen to God’s perfect aesthetic. Noses are mountain slopes, cheeks are fields, lips gape and pull, morph and stretch, we are no longer faces, we are landscapes.”
My favorite quote: “He thinks that scuba divers must have
the most wonderful job in the world.
So much water to glide through.”
3. Extended Development
My favorite quote: “The four of them lived in the house near the park:
the Girl Without Freckles, the Sweet Potato Boy,
the Basketball Father, and Darkroom Mother,
and they lit their candles and said their prayers
and the corners of their photographs curled.”
2. The First Poem In the Imaginary Book
My favorite quote: “just in case you do still think about
the way your hands used to piano-key
1. Love Poem #137
My favorite quote: “I will love you with too many commas,
but never any asterisks.”
I think I’m going to try either Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s The Year of No Mistakes or Franny Choi’s Floating, Brilliant, Gone next. But I definitely recommend this collection! It’s accessible, humorous, & moving.