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No Matter the Wreckage

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It doesn't have to rhyme necessarily, but it has to have a certain flow, a special way with the words - metaphoric or clever or vivid, but it has to surprise you or pierce your heart. Founded by Kay in 2004, Project VOICE encourages people to use spoken word poetry as a tool for personal and world understanding, and a medium for vital expression. She has performed at events and venues like the Lincoln Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, and at the United Nations where she was a featured performer for the launch of the 2004 World Youth Report. I’ll always keep an extra supply of chocolate and rain boots nearby, because there is no heartbreak that chocolate can’t fix. Even though Sarah Kay has established quite the fan base on Goodreads and on the web, I just could not connect with these poems on a deeper level - perhaps because poetry has never been my genre of choice.

She began performing poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club in the East Village at the age of 14, joining their Slam Team in 2006. 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.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. Nettles, slippery elm, turmeric, cinnamon - my mother is a recipe for warm throats and belly laughs.

the Literary Bohemian, DecomP, Damselfly Press, Union Station Magazine, Foundling Review, the Huffington Post, CNN.One aspect that really took my breath away was Kay’s ability to render ideas of her own into intricate details with the significance still intact. I'm sad to say I didn't really enjoy this poetry collection, specially since everyone who's read this seems to love it. For a future book there may be value in considering whether playing with grammar, spacing, font and sizing changes etc.

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