Sarah Kay If I Should Have A Daughter

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Stories have been passed down from generation to generation, from Aesop’s fables to The Brothers Grimm, to your grandfather’s war stories. Stories are told for many different reasons, sometimes they are told to teach the reader a lesson, or impart a morale, sometimes they are just told for entertainment, and sometimes they are told to allow the listener to avoid making the same mistakes that the teller made. However stories always allow the listener to look at the world using another’s eyes, to see from a different perspective. Sarah Kay is a spoken word poet, a founder and co-director of Project Voice, a teacher, and an alumni of Brown University. Kay gave the speech “If I Should Have A Daughter…” at a TEDTalk in March 2011, which encourages her audience to express their thoughts, feelings, and tales of their journeys. Kay’s recitation of her creative poems, and her telling of anecdotes, and personal tales send the audience on an emotional roller coaster that inspires all to utilize spoken word poetry in order to share their stories. Kay starts off her speech with the recitation of her spoken word poem “B”. The poem “B” is a message from Kay to her future daughter. She starts the poem by saying “If I should have a daughter, instead of "Mom," she 's going to call me "Point B," because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me.” The poem touches the hearts…show more content…
Her poems, personal stories and anecdotes make the audience experience hope, sympathy, inspiration, and sadness. Spoken Word is a unique way of communication as Marshall McLuhan, a philosopher of communication theory, said “The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way.” Kay advocates that everyone should tell their stories using spoken word poetry and encourage others to do the
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