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Daily Helping for March 29th, 2021 – Sarah Kay – Ghost Ship

A photo of spoken word poet Sarah Kay, onstage, mid-performance, with one hand raised in the air.

I’ve mentioned this before that I seem to be going through phases as this challenge continues. I’ve had my circus arts phase, my hula hoop phase, and my dance phase. Two weeks ago nearly every daily helping was a film. And now, I think it’s safe to say that I’m entering my spoken word phase. Because last week we had Olivia Gatwood’s “Ode to My Bitch Face”, and today we have Sarah Kay and her gorgeous performance of “Ghost Ship“.

I’ve now watched this video twice through and read the poem once, and as far as I’m concerned, there’s no comparison between the experiences. Sarah Kay is clearly an incredible writer, but she is also an amazing performer. The emotion that drips out of every word is palpable, and I felt privileged to bear witness to such a personal outpouring of words. Beautifully arranged words that paint pictures and stir up all the feelings.

I have heard of Sarah Kay for years, but this is the first time experiencing one of her poems and performances, and I can’t wait to devour the rest of her work. I’m also pretty sure that simply reading poems from now on will never again be enough. All I can say is expect to see a lot more spoken word daily helpings in the future.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!