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Following the success of her breakout poem, "B," Sarah Kay releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved work that showcases Kay's knack for celebrating family, love, travel, history, and unlikely love affairs between inanimate objects ("Toothbrush to the Bicycle TireFollowing the success of her breakout poem, "B," Sarah Kay releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved work that showcases Kay's knack for celebrating family, love, travel, history, and unlikely love affairs between inanimate objects ("Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire"), among other curious topics. Both fresh and wise, Kay's poetry allows readers to join in on her journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It's an honest and powerful collection....

Title : No Matter the Wreckage
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ISBN : 9781938912481
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Number of Pages : 133 Pages
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No Matter the Wreckage Reviews

  • Celina
    2019-02-12 13:35

    I have been following Sarah Kay since my first year in college (2012) when I first watched her in Ted. Immediately, I was captivated and inevitably fell in love with spoken word. When she first announced that she will be publishing a book, I was more than excited. I had pre-ordered three copies immediately (for me and my two soul mates). When it finally reached my hands, it was all I could ask for and more. Reading the book was a confirmation of how much I am obsessed with her work. I knew (and some memorized) a good 50% of the poems in her book but what I was excited for the most are the ones I didn't know. This book is drop dead beautiful. I've always placed Sarah Kay upon a pedestal. I can't help it; she's such an inspiration. However, reading this book made her seem like a friend, just another human being going through this funny thing we call life. There are some poems that I felt too intimate for me to be reading, like I was invading her privacy, but that's how Sarah Kay is. She is eloquently honest and brave. Take a moment to grab this book and peruse through it. Trust me, you won't regret it.

  • Eunice Moral
    2019-01-31 10:37

    It will now be my life mission to read all poems Sarah Kay has written. She is a genius times infinity. I have memorized Postcards that's how much I loved it. And remind me please to ask her to buy me new set of tabs because I seriously have used up all my tabs on this book. I loved how her poems touched not only love, but awareness, longing, giving importance to other people, putting someone else's happiness before her own and how she made each poem entirely different from another. I highly think the connection between us is palpable, her words connect to me with too much precision. It is as if she is narrating my own story. To say I love Sarah Kay will be the biggest understatement! I highly recommend this one, even if you are not fan of poetry, you will surely love this one in a heartbeat!!

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2019-02-02 16:42

    SHUT THE HECK YOUR FACE THIS WAS SO GOODI have been reading so much mindless poetry lately. Poetry written on napkins and scribbed in diaries, just syntax-less ramblings. THIS is poetry with substance, with carefully thought-out writing, with power and emotion. most of this is about love, but it's unlike anything you've read before. there's not a single cliché. my favorite poem by far was "The Type." I read it once and was so impressed that I read it again out loud to myself. The quality of all of these poems was so great that I highlighted at least one line from each. Magnificent.

  • Thomas
    2019-01-26 14:30

    Wish I could whisper "it's not you, it's me" to this book. Even though Sarah Kay has established quite the fan base on Goodreads and on the web, I just could not connect with these poems on a deeper level - perhaps because poetry has never been my genre of choice. I appreciate that she writes about a variety of topics ranging from romance to family to personal insecurities. I like how not all of her pieces stem from anger, or lust, or anguish; the emotional variety of this collection strengthens it. The book also has a great, understated aesthetic to its cover and feel.Perhaps Kay's pieces do not always translate well from spoken word to print. She performs with confidence and charisma, which adds that extra bit of voice I found lacking in No Matter the Wreckage. Still, I would recommend this set to fans of poetry, as well as to those searching for a fresh, new perspective.

  • Diana
    2019-02-04 18:42

    I held very still and closed my eyes, trying to keep whatever particles of you I managed to steal, until even my inhale meant losing you.Unlike any other modern poetry books which are all about dumping emotions in sets of rhyming words, Sarah Kay has brought us stories in forms of poems told in a uniquely realistic manner. She need not to impress us with using excessive flowery words because she already expressed her feelings spectacularly through every piece. She reminded me of the beautiful things in this world, that my heart is all m&m's and sunshines. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend you to take some of your time and grab a copy right away.

  • lori mitchell
    2019-02-16 16:14

    Rip my heart right out of my chest. Sarah Kay. Holy.shit.I think my favorite of all of the poems in this book is The Type. This line did it for me...."It is hard to stop loving the ocean.Even after it has left you gasping. salty."If i was rich, I'd buy copies of this book and give it to every woman that I know. And every man too. Really, just so, so good. And I don't even like poetry that much.

  • Meags
    2019-02-14 13:13

    5 StarsSarah Kay's first collection of poems is an instant favourite of mine. A dear friend brought Sarah Kay to my attention a few months ago in an attempt to explain to me the wonders of spoken-word poetry. She sent me a TED talks video called If I should have a daughter... and within less than 20 minutes I was completely captivated, awed and inspired, and Sarah Kay had herself a new lifelong fan. After spending days watching as many YouTube videos as I could find, getting my hands on this written collection of poems was the next step in the evolution of my obsession. Here, Sarah shares a selection of some of her most insightful, honest and heartfelt poems. Some of my favourites include:★ B (the opening poem from Sarah's TED Talks video - link above)★ Hands★ Brother★ Forest Fires★ The Type★ Hiroshima (the closing poem from Sarah's TED Talks video - link above)This collection was an absolute joy to read.

  • nourhan
    2019-01-21 18:20

    the most beautiful thing i've ever read.

  • Sarah AlObaid
    2019-02-09 16:33

    4.5 stars. Phenomenal.

  • Fatma
    2019-01-20 18:38

    4.5 stars UGH SARAH IS SO TALENTED. I loved this so much. Here are some of the poems from this collection performed by Sarah: (I highly recommend watching them!!! Sarah is so good at what she does)◘ B◘ The Type◘ Private Parts◘ Ghost Ship (this one is phenomenal. it almost made me cry)◘ Montauk◘ Mrs. RibeiroI think the best word to describe this collection is EARNEST; Sarah has truly poured her heart and soul into these poems.I have so many favourite poems (I loved like 90% of this collection), but the ones that really wowed me were B, The Type, Brother, Jellyfish, Shosholoza, and Ghost Ship.One last point: if you can listen to this instead of reading it, please do. These poems were meant to be performed.

  • Айше
    2019-01-24 18:36

    Quotes:"Oh, Brother. No matter your wreckage. There will be someone to find you beautiful, despite the cruddy metal. Your ruin is not to be hidden behind paint and canvas. Let them see the cracks. Someone will come to sing into these empty spaces.""My self-confidence can be measured out in teaspoons, mixed into my poetry, and it still always tastes funny in my mouth.""I’ll always keep an extra supply of chocolate and rain boots nearby, because there is no heartbreak that chocolate can’t fix.Okay, there’s a few heartbreaks that chocolate can’t fix. But that’s what the rain boots are for. Because rain will wash away everything, if you let it.""Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s swept away.""You are a woman. Skin and bones. Veins and nerves. Hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies. Not excuses.""When I read about love, I think I should be out loving. When I love, I think I need to read more."

  • Bibliophilic Richard
    2019-01-21 17:14

    Beautiful words! I can imagine her speaking them and man, am I thoroughly in awe :)

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    2019-01-31 17:33


  • Jenny's
    2019-01-17 12:27

    Sarah Kay is an enormously talented young poet. Watching her express herself through poetry on youtube is even more satisfiying. She is one to keep an eye on in the future,as well as now. As she matures in her craft and develops it will be exiting to see just how far she flies!

  • molaffle
    2019-01-24 10:29

    Hopping on the poetry bandwagon for 2018 is intimidating considering my exposure to the hype as I have been resisting it for quite a while now. The poetry books I have read so far are either lackluster or bland in terms of writing, but this book completely changed my viewpoint on poetry. If you are planning to read more poetry this reading year, I can tell you one thing for sure, Sarah Kay will not disappoint.“You can only fit so many words into 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.”Sarah Kay’s writing is eloquent and exhilarating. One aspect that really took my breath away was Kay’s ability to render ideas of her own into intricate details with the significance still intact. In this collection of poetry, her words were articulate, well chosen and compendious. No Matter The Wreckage is a collection of poetry with the themes of love as well as random things out of the blue, including travel, cities and our surroundings. Topics found in this book is endlessly wide, ranging from a day in New York on 2009 to a toothbrush, however, Kay still manages to write fluently that will blow your mind away. I never knew that the human mind was capable of feeling emotional towards a toothbrush. Sarah Kay is definitely an astonishing poet and because she is under-appreciated in the book world, I feel that more should look into giving this book a read. It will stick to your feelings and invigorate your inner cries a little bit (or more than a little bit), but most importantly it is an additional stunning perspective to view the world in.

  • Demo
    2019-01-27 18:42

    "We both know how to hide our sharpest parts, I just don’t always recognize my own weaponry.""Oh, Brother. No matter your wreckage. There will be someone to find you beautiful, despite the cruddy metal. Your ruin is not to be hidden behind paint and canvas. Let them see the cracks. Someone will come to sing into these empty spaces."So beautifully written. So lovely. Left you thinking."Do not spend time wondering if you are the type of woman men will hurt. If he leaves you with a car-alarm heart, you may learn to sing along.It is hard to stop loving the ocean. Even after it has left you gasping, salty.Forgive yourself for the decisions you have made, the ones you still call mistakes when you tuck them in at night"

  • Kris
    2019-02-14 17:38

    Sarah Kay: AMAZING.I have waited what seems like FOREVER to see her work in print. Many of my favorite spoken word poems are in here, and there are so many new ones that I'm in love with now. "Mrs. Ribeiro" is my current favorite, and "Scissors" and "Boom" and "Grace" and… OK, I can't pick just one. If you haven't seen her TED talk, go watch it.If you haven't found her videos on YouTube, go find them.Then, read this book. Give it to your friends. Read it again.I think I'm going to have to buy a second copy of this book for my classroom; I'm not sure I can part with this one.

  • leila
    2019-02-04 12:19

    Who knew objects like a toothbrush and bicycle tire could be used to describe the love we secretly yearn for? Where do I exactly begin to describe the beauty of each word Sarah Kay uses? I'm at a complete loss for words. Even before reading this book, bits of Sarah Kay's poems across the internet had me dabbing at my cheeks, not realizing I'd been tearing up.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-14 15:36

    Beautiful and joyous.

  • R.C. Gonzales
    2019-01-16 16:28

    Dear Ms. Sarah,Thank you for introducing me to one of the best kind of poetry.This is epic. :)Your new fan,Rosema

  • Sarah
    2019-02-14 18:27

    This is one of my favourite poetry books, it’s up there with Milk and Honey and This Modern Love. I’ve only really gotten into poetry books within the last year and I’m so glad I picked this one up!My favourites included “Mrs. Ribeiro” about her former school principle who quite frankly sounds amazing. The poem discusses how Sarah uses what Mrs. Ribeiro taught her to inspire and teach her own students-"She spoke to us like we were scholars. Artists. Scientists. Athletes. Musicians. And we were. My world was the size of a crayon box, and it took every colour to draw her"“This is what learning sounds like. I remember”I also really loved the poem “B,” which is how I first discovered Sarah Kay. It’s an open letter to her future daughter and it’s so good. It’s also available to purchase as a hardcover with illustrations- I’m definitely adding it my my wish list!"Instead of Mom, she’s going to call me Point B.Because that way she knows that no matter what happensat least she can always find her way to me."And this is just the opening line- it’s so good!! Sarah also does spoken word poetry so If you’re interested in seeing B performed live watch her TED Talk here: Another quote that stuck with me:“I guess you could say I miss him if missing him means I sometimes forget to brush twice a day”

  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    2019-01-21 16:42

    Sarah Kay is an amazing poet! I loved this collection! Love Poem #137I will wake you up earlyeven though I know you like to stay through the credits. I will leave pennies in your pockets,postage stamps of superheroes in between the pages of your books, sugar packets on your kitchen counter.I will Hansel and Gretel you home. I talk through movies.Even ones I have never seen before. I will love you with too many commas, but never any asterisks.There will be more sweat than you are used to. More skin.More words than are necessary.My hair in the shower drain, my smell on your sweaters,bobby pins all over the window sills.I make the best sandwiches you've ever tasted.You'll be in charge of napkins. I can't do a pull-up.But I'm great at excuses.I count broken umbrellas after every thunderstorm,and I fall asleep repeating the wordsthank you. I will wake you up earlywith my heavy heartbeat.You will say,Can't we just sleep in,and I will say, No, trust me. You don't want to miss a thing.

  • Ana Luisa
    2019-02-14 11:23

    I'm sad to say I didn't really enjoy this poetry collection, specially since everyone who's read this seems to love it. Poetry is a very subjective thing, and for me to appreciate it I have to connect with what it's saying. That unfortunately did not happen with this collection. I felt very detached from the author and the themes while reading the poems, and I felt that the free-form didn't help convey the message she was trying to get accross. I also feel that the stories she was telling were very repetitive and didn't grab my attetion enough for me to want to continue reading, which was a shame. I'm not sure if I'll pick up more from this author if this is her usual style, and don't reccommend this if you want to read something more lyrical, as I did.

  • Liz Janet
    2019-01-23 14:23

    Poetry is very subjective to me, I do not always enjoy what I read, because I, apparently, have a very strong bias for classic poems. But recently, I have gotten into slam poetry, so I've discovered many of those authors have published books, and many of those poems I've loved are written down. The downside to it is, that slam poetry is meant to be spoken word, it has a greater impact that way than simply being written down, and that is what happened with this collection. She has a beautiful way to connect her writing, as well as discussing her various themes, but I much prefer her to recite over reading her.

  • Mohamed Ghazi
    2019-01-23 15:28

    I am not the type of reader who usually gives 1 star to books, but this book is really bad. To be honest, I don't know Sarah Kay and this book was recommended by Amazon based on my poetry books purchases. Also, I really liked the cover.The thing I don't understand about this book that it is not poetry, it is more of a diary. So many irrelevant personal stories were shared by the author in this book that made it impossible for me to relate while reading. The only thing I felt is being bored.I did enjoy one or two poems though. The rest was a complete bleh.1/5

  • Sara➽ (Ink Is My Sword)
    2019-02-03 16:33

    4 Poetic, Sarah Kay Fan Stars Favs<3 :I. - Love poem #137-The toothbrush to the bicycle tire-The first poem in the imaginary bookII.-Slivers-Brother-HandsIII.-Evaporate-Something we don't talk about, part I-DragonsIV.-Shosholoza-Jetlag-Paws-The ShirtV.-Postcards-HiroshimaVI.-Private Parts-The callVII.-B-And found-Yolk-AccidentsVIII.-On the discomfort of being in the same room as the boy you like-OpenIX.-The type-The Paradox

  • AnoudAlqahtani
    2019-02-01 17:30

    What a dreadful read. Her writing style was simply not my cup of tea, I liked a poem or two, but it didn't has a wow factor or anything and I loathed reading it out loud or even silently *Shocked* because I usually enjoy reading poetry books out loud. I barely enjoyed it if not at all.I couldn't fathom or relate to most of her poems which made it harder for me to like this collection of poems.

  • Alicia Cook
    2019-01-31 17:25

    This would be great as an audio book. This collection of work would be better presented as spoken word, which I am pretty sure Kay is a rockstar at. Overall, 3.5 - but it's refreshing to read longer poetry/prose these days.

  • Kerry CS Literary Jewelry
    2019-01-31 12:17

    There are some writers and poets that I cannot read without hearing their voice reading along inside my head and Sarah Kay is definitely one of them. To be fair, Sarah is a spoken word poet and her work is meant to be read aloud and performed so her poems and her voice are tightly intertwined. And the fact that I have seen YouTube videos of her performing some of the poems in this collection (including Montauk, Mrs. Ribeiro, Hands, and B) may be partly responsible for the fact that I hear Sarah's voice every time I read her book. Still, even apart from the performance aspect of the poems, Sarah Kay has a highly developed voice as a writer that I just love. The poems, (which deal with family, relationships, identity, memory, creativity, Story telling and the interplay between all of these things) are introspective and vulnerable and yet rather than feeling like a peeping tom looking in at Sarah's most personal moments, I found myself recognizing bits of my own experiences in hers. The poem, Something We Don't Talk About, Part II, hit me with a devastatingly beautiful sense of recognition that I still haven't recovered from. And yet, for all the emotional honesty and openness in No Matter the Wreckage, the collection never feels overdone or weighed down, partially due to the gentle humor and playful use of language that is scattered throughout the book. For some time now I have been waiting and hoping for an opportunity to see Sarah Kay perform in person. And now, having read No matter the Wreckage, I am also eagerly awaiting her next book of poems. If you haven't already, I highly recommend that you pick up this little gem of a book. You won't be sorry.

  • Marta
    2019-01-16 13:38

    I'd never read a poetry book before, but then again until Sarah Kay appeared in my life I was never a fan of poetry either. I mean, I liked it. But never really liked it, you know? Anyway, No Matter The Wreckage was all I expected from Sarah Kay and more. It was a lovely gathering of different poems that included not only some of my all time favourites, such as The Type, Postcards and Hands but also all these others that I'd never read before but already love. So far, my "new" favourites include Mrs. Ribeiro, Dragons, The Paradox and On The Discomfort of Being In The Same Room As The Boy You Like but I believe over time all of them will become favourites of mine. That's how amazing Sarah's poetry is.Just like your favourite album where all the songs end up becoming obsessions of yours, same thing happens with her poetry. When you find that line that speaks what you didn't even know you wanted to say, it's like the world stops for a second and you can't help but believe in destiny.Kay's poetry does not rhyme and I could count with my fingers the number of times she used difficult metaphors in her poems - none. The truth is that these poems are all crystal clear. You can see right through them so long as you really make the effort to. Although I've finished this book, it will still remain on my bedside table so that I can reach out to it whenever I am feeling nostalgic, sad or even overly excited, and be inspired all over again.