No Matter the Wreckage

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No Matter the Wreckage

No Matter the Wreckage

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Sarah Kay is definitely an astonishing poet and because she is under-appreciated in the book world, I feel that more should look into giving this book a read. A number of the poems in the book can be found presented on YouTube, though many are being introduced to the world for the first time here on paper. 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”). I've also recommended the book to my other friends that are into poetry, and even some that haven't read poetry before. 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.

If you've ever seen a performance by Sarah Kay you probably realized how much she puts in her poetry. The poems themselves aren't very long, 3 pages at most and 3 lines at least, so this makes this book something you can definitely throw in your bag and read between subway stops or while waiting in line for your morning coffee. I'm not sure if I'll pick up more from this author if this is her usual style, and don't reccommend this if you want to read something more lyrical, as I did.She is unafraid to bring you into her world, and bares her soul for the world to see, and that it is alright to be imperfect. I’ll always keep an extra supply of chocolate and rain boots nearby, because there is no heartbreak that chocolate can’t fix. 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. Kay is also a successful educator, who co-directs Project VOICE (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression).

I guess right now the poem I am thinking about the most is the poem Ghost Ship, a line from which inspired the title for this collection. Both fresh and wise, Kay's poetry allows readers to join in on her journey of discovering herself and the world around her. In Something We Don’t Talk About, Part I, Sarah manages to show honesty in domestic life and that every family has issues in their own way.Following the success of her breakout poem, “B”, Sarah Kay, in collaboration with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, released her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. Most of us have had the experience of being forced to read poetry in school, laboring to find the "hidden meaning" that may or may not have been placed there intentionally. No Matter The Wreckage is a brilliant poetry collection that delves into Sarah Kay's past with poems that illuminate everything from her childhood, to her adulthood, to being born and raised in New York City.

Some of my favorite poems in the collection had to do with her childhood out in Montauk and even about women's empowerment (with tons of great lines that I plan to put on some signs for women's marches in the future!I like how not all of her pieces stem from anger, or lust, or anguish; the emotional variety of this collection strengthens it. Sarah Kay, a graduate of Brown University, was born in New York to a Japanese American mother and a Jewish American father. Regardless, nothing can prepare you for the poems you haven't read yet, and there are quite a few of them. Common experiences which we sometimes fail to take notice of just because we are clouded by the white noise around us. Nettles, slippery elm, turmeric, cinnamon - my mother is a recipe for warm throats and belly laughs.

After seeing Sarah's talks on TED I instantly knew i had to read and have her poems to keep on my library shelf.On a practical level, a poem that is spoken benefits from being presented with the tempo and emphasis that the poet had in mind. On the whole they have been good with a few outstanding poems but I haven't been left feeling a sense of loss at the end or a sense of longing to read more, much more. 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. If you are planning to read more poetry this reading year, I can tell you one thing for sure, Sarah Kay will not disappoint.

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