What can be said about Sarah Kay and her poetry that hasn’t been said before? Each piece she publishes is a must-have. The Type is no different.
Unlike B, I wasn’t aware of the viral sensation that The Type was before it was published in book form. With B I had watched and listened to Kay read it numerous times before taking in the poem in text form. I got a chance to try experiencing this poet the other way around for The Type and I’m glad I had that chance.
I enjoyed this poem and its message. Like most of Kay’s work, there’s a strong message. There’s honesty. There’s humanity in the message and strong emotion. I read through it, and followed it up with watching a video of Kay reading it. Then I read through it again. Each time I enjoyed it more. It might not be very long, but it’s worth taking the time to absorb slowly and often.
There are few poems that I feel could stand alone as their own “book” like this one. While the illustrations do also help with the experience, Kay’s words makes it all worth it most of all.
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About the Author:
Sarah Kay has been invited to share her poetry on such diverse stages as the 2011 TED Conference; the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, Australia; the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Carnegie Hall in New York City, among hundreds of other venues around the world. She is the author of two additional poetry books: B and No Matter the Wreckage. Sarah is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that brings spoken word poetry to schools and communities around the world.