Reading List : No Matter The Wreckage by Sarah Kay

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 You are a woman. Skin and bones. Veins and nerves. Hair and swear. You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies. Not excuses “

     – “The Type”, Sarah Kay

This collection of poetry is wonderful. Containing some of her older pieces along with new ones, “No Matter The Wreckage” reaches into every familiar and unfamiliar dark room and well lit place.

Sarah Kay was the first spoken word poet I ever remember hearing. A friend from university shared a few of Kay’s pieces with me and I was immediately hooked.
There is something enthralling about her poetry. Watching her TEDtalk and some of her other performances on YouTube, I became completely captured by her metaphors, imagery, and cadence of her voice. This feeling of her poetry translates well in this collection.
I highly recommend “No Matter the Wreckage” to anyone who enjoys poetry and to anyone who might need some wisdom and a little bit of connection.

Some of my favourite poems from the collection include:

  • “B”
  • “The Type”
  • “Dragons”
  • “Ghost Ship”
  • “Hiroshima”
  • “Astronaut”
  • “Evaporate”
  • “Postcards”
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