Sarah kay if i should have a daughter

Sarah Kay: What Advice Would You Give Your Future Daughter?

sarah kay if i should have a daughter

If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B, / because that way she knows that no matter what happens, / at least she can always.

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Spoken word poet Sarah Kay imagines what it would like to raise a child in a world of happiness, heartache, and everything in between. She is also the founder of Project VOICE , an organization that uses spoken word poetry as a literacy and empowerment tool. On the show today, Turning Kids Into Grown-ups - ideas about the choices parents make for their kids and how those choices can ultimately affect them. So we're going to end the show today with a poem by Sarah Kay about what it would be like to raise a child in a world of happiness, heartache and everything in between. And I'm going to paint the solar systems on the backs of her hands so she has to learn the entire universe before she can say, oh, I know that like the back of my hand.

Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases! Follow Author. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air. Because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers, your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal.

When you step out of the phone booth and try to fly. You will put the win in winsome lose some You will put the star in starting over and over. And no matter how many landmines erupt in a minute be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life. And yes, on a scale from one to overtrusting, I am pretty damn naive. But I want her to know that this world is made out of sugar. It can crumble so easily. And when they finally hand you a heartache, when they slip war and hatred under your door and offer you handouts on street corners of cynicism and defeat, you tell them that they really ought to meet your mother.

If I should have a daughter, instead of "Mom," she's going to call me "Point B," because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me. And I'm going to paint solar systems on the backs of her hands so she has to learn the entire universe before she can say, "Oh, I know that like the back of my hand. And she's going to learn that this life will hit you hard in the face, wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air. There is hurt, here, that cannot be fixed by Band-Aids or poetry.

Kay is one of the artists that has managed to perfect the art of spoken word. It is a tricky medium to properly grasp without coming off cliche or overdone, and she has managed to maintain a sense of realism in her work while also transporting the listeners and readers of her work with her imaginative poetry. This particular piece was one of the first spoken word pieces I had ever listened to, and after one listen I was hooked. Something about the way Sarah Kay puts together pieces makes her a highly accessible and relatable author. She has gone far beyond the conventional topics of love and loss, and has managed to discuss topics such as independence and feminism in beautiful ways. These lessons that she touches on are related to the fundamentals of life.



Sarah Kay (poet)

If I should have a daughter, instead of 'Mom,' she's going to call me 'Point B,' because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me. I love this poem.

Sarah Kay B (If I Should Have a Daughter)

Sarah Kay born June 19, is an American poet. Known for her spoken word poetry, Kay is the founder and co-director of Project V. She now currently writes, reads, and performs poetry for diverse audiences. She has participated in many poetry slams. Although Kay works primarily in spoken word poetry, she has published poems in magazines such as Foundling Review, DamselFly Press, and decomP literary magazine. In , Kay published "B" , a short hardcover book containing the titular poem, which was originally written in In March , No Matter the Wreckage , a collection of poetry from the first decade of her career, was published by Write Bloody Publishing, again featuring illustrations by Sophia Janowitz.

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If I should have a daughter - Poem by Sarah Kay

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Eric G. says:

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