When Love Arrives

Sarah Kay - Ocean

I have recently developed a serious obsession with spoken word poetry. It’s ironic because – if you think about it – poetry is all around us – in music lyrics, subway ads, first dates, and last sunsets.  If you think you don’t like poetry, watch this piece by Sarah Kay.  You’ll realize your life has been poetry all along.

New York City native, Sarah Kay, started reciting her poetry in the Bowery Poetry Club at 14 years old!  When her peers were at the mall, she was founding Project Voice and getting published. Basically, she’s a major over-achiever with really great hair (some girls have all the luck).  Sarah has captured the art of storytelling by bottling up the rich adventures of growing up in New York City. Now 25 years old, Sarah is a seasoned veteran of the Ted Talks stage and the heroine of contemporary poetry.

Sarah’s got mad syllabic style and an ability to captivate an audience with stories that get right to the heart of human experience. I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Sarah Kay performances about that most universal of themes – love.  I know that when I’m in serious need of a pick-me -up, she’s my antidote.  And in the process, she’s made poetry more accessible and inspired me to start writing my own.

If I’m feeling blue about the date that stood me up or the casual flirtation I totally screwed up with the cute guy throwing a football in the park, I’ll go home and write about the love affair that could have been. There have been tomes written about the benefits of writing down your feelings – but have you ever considered poetry?

Here are a some fun, easy poetry exercises you should try!  I dare you to share one in the comments!

Emily is a Philadelphian photographer by day and an incurable pop culture guru, entrepreneur, hardcore explorer, and an avid beer enthusiast by night. You can follow her on twitter at @emariehawk.

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