Sarah Kay: The Power of Spoken Word Poetry to do the Impossible

"...I see the impossible everyday. Impossible is trying to connect in this world, trying to hold on to others while things are blowing up around you, knowing that while you're speaking they aren't just waiting for their turn to talk. They hear you, they feel exactly what you feel at the same time that you feel it. It's what I strive for every time I open my mouth - that impossible connection." - Sarah Kay, Hiroshima

Sarah Kay is a performing poet and a founder of Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression). Sarah travels throughout the USA teaching people how to use poetry as a medium to better understand themselves, their fellow humans and the world we all share. In this TED talk from March 2011, Sarah shares her journey of self-expression through poetry and of feeling shared recognition and acceptance through storytelling.

In April 2012, Calgarians will receive their first official Poet Laureate. The Calgary Poet Laureate will serve as an ambassador of the arts to the citizens of Calgary and unite them through the "impossible connection" of poetry.

Nominations for the Calgary Poet Laureate will be accepted until January 10, 2012. For more information on how to submit a nomination, please visit our nominations page.



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