In her 2011 TED Talk debut, spoken word poet Sarah Kay presented a breathtaking performance of two of her poems, “B” and “Hiroshima.” Throughout her speech, she takes the audience through the process of self-realization that transformed her into the poet she is today. From her first performance at just 14 years old, to being welcomed by New York’s Bowery Poetry Club, to creating Project Voice alongside her college classmate Phil Kaye, to now teaching spoken word poetry to the teenagers she once was, Kay proves that spoken word as an art form is more than just pen on paper. Spoken word poetry is an art form that yearns to be presented live, needs to live off the page, and will thrive through performance. Through multiple literary sources, Walter Fisher’s narrative paradigm theory, and ideological implications, one can further analyze Kay’s spoken text.

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Diana Martinez