Sarah Kay Quotes


Remember that good things come in threes and so do bad things and always apologize when you've done something wrong but don't you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining.

You are not made of metaphors Not apologies not excuses.

Part of what I try to do in schools is take poetry off of a pedestal and make it a little more accessible and approachable.

Fingers interlocked like a beautiful accordion of flesh or a zipper of prayer

It is December and nobody asked if I was ready.

Ever since I was little I've loved making hand-made cards and presents and arts & crafts for people.

Artistry is important. Skill hard work rewriting editing and careful careful craft: All of these are necessary. These are what separate the beginners from experienced artists.

It's not just the adage "?write what you know ' it's about gathering up all of the knowledge and experience you've collected up to now to help you dive into the things you don't know.

I want [my daughter] to look at the world through the underside of a glass-bottom boat to look through a microscope at the galaxies that exist on the pinpoint of a human mind.

Most days it feels as if the world is whirling around me and I am standing still. In slow motion I watch the colors blur; people and faces all become a massive wash.

I use poetry to help me work through what I don't understand but I show up to each new poem with a backpack full of everywhere else that I've been.

If I should have a daughter""Instead of "Mom" she's gonna call me "Point B.

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.

I do like celebrating women I do like celebrating different lifestyles and choices and people and it makes me happy when others find my work empowering.

Nothing is as universal as some good scatalogical humor. Even if it means having to be a little silly or cheeky I think it is worth it.

I will love you with too many commas but never any asterisks.

You can be an artist work hard for your work and also share while trying to create community with other artists.

This world is made out of sugar. It can crumble so easily but don't be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it.

It does not matter how strong your gravity is we were always meant to fly.

This is how I disappear in pieces.This is how I leave while not moving from my seat.This is how I dance away.This is how I'm gone before you wake.

I have always been more comfortable with daredevil acts than with the everyday nuances of life. Let me jump out of a plane speak in front of a roomful of strangers even trek across Siberia.

One of my highest priorities as an educator is to be as inclusive as possible.

You can only fit so many words in a postcard only so many in a phone call only so many into space before you forget that words are sometimes used for things other than filling emptiness.

Poetry makes people nervous. Especially in schools.

It is equally important to listen as it is to speak.

Forgive yourself for the decisions you have made the ones you still call mistakes when you tuck them in at night

I write poetry to figure things out. Any time I'm trying to wrap my head around something poetry is like a puzzle-solving strategy for me.

I write poems to figure things out

Not all poetry wants to be storytelling. And not all storytelling wants to be poetry. But great storytellers and great poets share something in common: They had something to say and did.

I think there is a human instinct to tell stories no matter who you are or where you live.

To me having the courage to tell your own story goes hand in hand with having the curiosity and humility to listen to others' stories.

I have seen the best of you and the worst of you and I choose both.

Hands learn more than minds do hands learn how to hold other hands...

My self-confidence can be measured out in teaspoons mixed into my poetry and it still always tastes funny in my mouth.

I fell in love with poetry through storytelling so my poetry tends to be fairly narrative. I like characters I like having a beginning middle and ending though not necessarily in that order.

Women don't have to be defined by others. We have the power to define ourselves: by telling our own stories in our own words with our own voices.

If I should have a daughter instead of Mom she's gonna call me Point B because that way she knows that no matter what happens at least she can always find her way to me.

There are parts of me I only recognize from photographs.

Poetry is like a puzzle-solving strategy for me. I like to poem my way through tricky questions and ideas. That's about the only consistent thread through my poem-creation process.

Every moment I choose to write about is one I have deemed important enough to dwell inside of and share with others. I am holding this moment up to the light and saying "Wow will you look at that?