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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, CNN.com, etc.
- Founder and Co-Director of Project VOICE
|Publisher:||Write Bloody Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Read an Excerpt
“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
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
My Parents on their Way Home from a Wedding 31
The Ladder 44
Forest Fires 46
Something We Don't Talk About, Part I 49
India Trio 60
The Shirt 65
Something We Don't Talk About, Part II 73
The Moves 74
Extended Development 83
Questions and Answers, in No Particular Order 86
Loose Threads 87
Private Parts 88
Another Missing 90
The Call 91
And Found 99
Winter Without You 100
Corey's Turn 101
On Being Prepared 114
On the Discomfort of Being in the Same Room as the Boy You Like 116
Here and Now 117
A Place to Put Our Hands 119
Today's Poem 120
Ghost Ship 125
The Type 129
The Paradox 132
In the Event of an Emergency 133
About the Author 143
About the Illustrator 143
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!