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August 3, 2018


This piece is written by Mikaela Dizon, our guest writer in Write Things.

The term “Spoken word” is a common sound to our ears in this day and age. When our fingers scroll down our screens as we view Facebook in bold blue, a spoken word video sometimes manages to be that warmth behind our glass doors. But spoken word wasn’t always just there. Spoken word couldn’t even be found in cafe’s or in street corners calling for our attention. It used to simply rest in our minds, maybe when we read a poem with much conviction, or even when we recited our oral presentations for school and gave our everything for the grade. I know for a fact that just a few years ago, a teacher could have asked in class: “Does anyone know what spoken word is?”… and be met with a stinging silence.

Now, my ten-year-old cousins talk about spoken word poetry as if they are talking about songs playing on the radio. Recently, I’ve heard of college students who’ve encountered spoken word performances on some of their nights out. Today, middle-schoolers are literally taught about spoken word poetry in school.

Sarah Kaye (Photo from The Daily Texan)

Sarah Kay is one among the many people who shone a light on the importance of spoken word, and by watching one of her performances—whether it be on YouTube or live—anyone can be tranced into a moment of wonder. Although most of her online performances date back to 2015, or 2011 even, they never fail to impact the lives of those who watch them, because Sarah Kay voices out constant truths with such humor and diction. She is a star amongst teenagers when she speaks of love in “When Love Arrives,” and she is the star that families reminisce below in her performances of “Brother.”

What Sarah has done is merge the value of written words and the power of one’s voice to create something that brings people together, and I believe that this truly makes her a spoken word icon.

For those who haven’t yet seen any of her performances, this is one of the more recent ones:

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