Thank you. Third, someone has something you've never even heard of before. But I teach spoken word poetry because it's accessible. And she's going to learn that this life will hit you hard in the face,

Thank you. But on the front step, a person who was sitting there blocked the rays from hitting the stone. "Miss," she'd say, "I'm just not interesting. And fourth, someone has something you thought you knew everything about, but they're introducing a new angle of looking at it. Somebody once told me it's like walking through life like this. And actually, Phil Kaye and I coincidentally also share the same last name.

And she's going to learn that this life will hit you hard in the face. when they slip war and hatred under your door and offer you handouts on street-corners of cynicism and defeat, Kay is one of the artists that has managed to perfect the art of spoken word. And we saw over and over the way that spoken word poetry cracks open locks. You will put the wind in win some, lose some. Its a bright, rich, and beautiful piece that artfully yet powerfully addresses the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air. Believe me, I’ve tried. And it was here, listening to these poets share their stories, that I learned that spoken word poetry didn't have to be indignant, it could be fun or painful or serious or silly. And those are the very days you have all the more reason to say thank you.Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away. When you open your hands to catch and wind up with only blisters and bruises; And I tell people that this is where great stories start from -- these four intersections of what you're passionate about and what others might be invested in. I will keep coming back week after week." B (If I Should Have a Daughter) uses the image of the mother as a symbol for a teacher. I travel a lot while I'm teaching, and I don't always get to watch all of my students reach their step three, but I was very lucky with Charlotte, that I got to watch her journey unfold the way it did. Sometimes the only way I know how to work through something is by writing a poem. And lightning struck. © Poems are the property of their respective owners. Your voice is small but don’t ever stop singing and when they finally hand you heartbreak, slip hatred and war under your doorstep and hand you hand-outs on street corners of cynicism and defeat, you tell them that they really ought to meet your mother. Thank you. I don't know if I can change the world yet, because I don't know that much about it.

Okay, ready? Or else find the boy who lit the fire in the first place, I'll make sure she knows she doesn't have to wear the cape all by herself. And that was thanks to a girl in a hoodie. But it turns out sometimes, poetry can be really scary. when you step out of the phone booth and try to fly and the very people you want to save are the ones standing on your cape; Spoken word poetry is the art of performance poetry. You will put the wind in winsome, lose some. And here's what happens, and here's what you would discover too if we all started sharing our lists out loud. (Laughter) Why was the scarecrow invited to TED? (Singing) There'll be days like this, my momma said. Step one was the moment I said, "I can.

I thought it was really cool how she plays with language and word choice–it makes the piece very engaging, and I feel like I have to go listen to it now! 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. Thank you. And you, you get to share mine. "Oh, I know that like the back of my hand." Charlotte was very good at writing lists, but she refused to write any poems. I tell people it involves creating poetry that doesn't just want to sit on paper, that something about it demands it be heard out loud or witnessed in person.

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.

Your voice is small, but don't ever stop singing. So here are three things I know to be true. "Don't worry, he'll come back as a baby." The first time that I performed, the audience of teenagers hooted and hollered their sympathy, and when I came off the stage I was shaking. "If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. (Applause) And when they finally hand you heartache, when they slip war and hatred under your door and offer you handouts on street-corners of cynicism and defeat, you tell them that they really ought to meet your mother. It's what I strive for every time I open my mouth -- that impossible connection. (Applause) I can do this." The long-lasting damage of nuclear radiation caused an entire city and its population to turn into powder. But I try to walk through life like this. wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach.