Sarah Kay on TED

Something to start your day! Turn off everything (except your access to the internet) and watch poet Sarah Kay open a window in your soul.

“When I meet you, in that moment, I am no longer a part of your future. I start quickly becoming part of your past. But, in that instant, I get to share your present and you, you get to share mine. And that is the greatest present of all. So, if you tell me I can do the impossible, I’ll probably laugh at you. I don’t know if I could change the world, yet, because I don’t know that much about it. And, I don’t know that much about reincarnation, either; but, if you make me laugh hard enough sometimes I forget what century I’m in. This isn’t my first time here. This isn’t my last time here. There aren’t the last words I’ll share, but just in case I’m trying my hardest to get it right this time around.”

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  1. i was just going to formspring-suggest sarah kay for pure poetry week, but this is a far more appropriate venue to discuss her splendidness. check out “hands” on youtube. i’ll link it because hands = sexy *which i don’t believe she addresses in this particular poem/performance but still*

  2. “I try to fight my students’ instincts to be cool and unfazed, and encourage them to engage with the world around them”

    I feel like this is what AS did to me. And keeps doing actually, I love your Poetry Weeks (and this).

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