No Matter the Wreckage

No Matter the Wreckage


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No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay, Sophia Janowitz

Top-selling poet Sarah Kay releases her debut collection of work from the first decade of her career. Following the success of her breakout poem, "B", No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved work that showcases Kay's skill for celebrating family, love, travel, history, and unlikely love affairs between inanimate objects ("Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire"). Both fresh and wise, Kay's poetry allows readers to join in on her journey of discovering herself and the world around her.

- 2011 TED speaker (recording has been viewed 3 million times online)

- First book, "B" was ranked #1 Bestselling Poetry Book on Amazon

- Featured on HBO, American Public Radio, Huffington Post,, etc.

- Founder and Co-Director of Project VOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938912481
Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 61,524
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sarah Kay is one of the top selling poets in America. From New York City, she has been performing her poetry since she was 14 years old. Sarah is perhaps best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference which garnered over 3 million online views. Sarah's first book "B" was a #1 Bestselling Poetry Book on Amazon and her other work has appeared in Pear Noir!, The Literary Bohemian, Damselfly Press, The Huffington Post and She is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE.

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“Love is not who you were expecting, love is not who you can predict. Maybe love is in New York City, already asleep; You are in California, Australia, wide awake. Maybe love is always in the wrong time zone. Maybe love is not ready for you. Maybe you are not ready for love. Maybe love just isn’t the marrying type. Maybe the next time you see love is twenty years after the divorce, love is older now, but just as beautiful as you remembered. Maybe love is only there for a month. Maybe love is there for every firework, every birthday party, every hospital visit. Maybe love stays- maybe love can’t. Maybe love shouldn’t.

Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to,

And love leaves exactly when love must.

When love arrives, say, “Welcome. Make yourself comfortable.”

If love leaves, ask her to leave the door open behind her.

Turn off the music, listen to the quiet, whisper,

“Thank you for stopping by.””

Table of Contents


Love Poem #137 15

Subway 16

The Oak Tree Speaks 17

The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire 19

New York, June 2009 20

The First Poem in the Imaginary Book 22

Mrs. Bjbeiro 23


Montauk 29

My Parents on their Way Home from a Wedding 31

Slivers 32

Brother 34

Hands 36


Jellyfish 41

Evaporate 43

The Ladder 44

Bricklayer 45

Forest Fires 46

Poppy 48

Something We Don't Talk About, Part I 49

Dragons 50

Hand-Me-Downs 51


Shosholoza 57

India Trio 60

Jetlag 62

Paws 63

The Shirt 65

Boom 66

Grace 67


Until 71

Scissors 72

Something We Don't Talk About, Part II 73

The Moves 74

Postcards 75

Hiroshima 77


Extended Development 83

Questions and Answers, in No Particular Order 86

Loose Threads 87

Private Parts 88

Another Missing 90

The Call 91

Flight 93


B 97

And Found 99

Winter Without You 100

Corey's Turn 101

Witness 103

Yolk 104

Accidents 105


Peacocks 111

On Being Prepared 114

On the Discomfort of Being in the Same Room as the Boy You Like 116

Here and Now 117

Open 118

A Place to Put Our Hands 119

Today's Poem 120


Ghost Ship 125

Lightning 128

The Type 129

Astronaut 131

The Paradox 132

In the Event of an Emergency 133

Notes 137

Credits 141

Acknowledgments 142

About the Author 143

About the Illustrator 143

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No Matter the Wreckage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Kay is a beautiful writer and this book of poetry has had me hooked since the very first page. I watched her TEDx talk "If I Should Have a Daughter" a few months ago and fell in love with the way she writes and the way she speaks. This is the perfect book of poetry for the reader who may not be fond of poetry. Absolutely wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have known of Sarah Kay for a few months and have read all of her poems that are open to the public. Her spoken word poetry is brrathtaking! Some of the poems have been filmed and put on youtube. To read along with her preformance is amazing! I think anyomenshould read this, even those who don't like poetry will like this!