March 26, 2013

Mumbai Gift Someone named Vainavi V. sent me this painting that was inspired by my poem “B.” Vainavi came to see our show at the Blue Frog in Mumbai, which was a particularly special one for me. I’m glad I have this painting to connect me to that night. I’m glad the girl in this picture has braids.

March 24, 2013

Aditi in PuneTonight Phil and I had a show in Pune, India. It was the first time in history that Pune had hosted a large scale spoken word poetry show, and we had a blast. As an added surprise, someone brought a painting that had been made based off of “B“! The artist’s name is Aditi, but that’s all I know about her!

March 9, 2013

Viewpoint Poetry People Elizabeth W. Writes in:

“My friends, teachers, and I still talk about your visit to Viewpoint School and how special it was. I wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you what my poetry club, Poetry People has been up to since we last spoke. I initiated and directed a spoken word show featuring eight of Poetry People\’s poets, entitled “All the Girls in the World.” We performed it on National Women’s Day in October for middle and upper school, and have done a few service learning performances in Pasadena. In January, we filmed the production, and are in the process of making a website where girls all over the world can post their poems. I have posted the link below and would love to hear your feedback!”

I love when schools continue to expand their spoken word poetry community after a visit from Project VOICE. Big kudos to Elizabeth and the whole gang for putting this together. Click the image above to watch their video.

February 20, 2013

Typographic Love I love typography. And I love Love. And Melvin A. did an awesome job turning “When Love Arrives” into a typographic video piece. Click the image to watch the video!

This Funny Place
Somebody got a tattoo of a line from “B” on their torso: “be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life.” That’s a pretty long tattoo. Maybe I need to start writing shorter lines in poems. For the sake of people’s skin.

February 14, 2013

Peanut Butter to the Gherkin
A friend of mine found this online today:

In English, we heard “love letter from a toothbrush to a bicycle tire”, which is quite sweet and smart. So, because it is Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D., as labelled by the year 13s at my school), I thought I’d share! In English this lesson, we were also required to try to write a piece of our own, which I am posting here, albeit that it is an (unfinished?) piece. (It was inspired by Sarah’s poem, mentioned above, and arguments I used to have with a friend, who remains loyal to peanut butter and gherkin sandwiches to this day (I’m the one who’d say eww 😛 ). It does not in any other way relate to my life.)

Here’s the poem they wrote:

A lot of people think that we’re just weird together.
When we go out to lunch and come across a friend,
They take one look and saw “eww, why are you with him?!?”
Sometimes they whisper in my ear “are those warts on his nose?”
And I always have to explain that you’re not about to be sick,
You’re just olive-toned.

Though you like the briny sea
While I prefer to stay sheltered and dry inside,
Does it matter which jar we’re in, if we both enjoy
The company? (Although, I could do without
The 20-odd siblings who all seem to share your room.)

My mum says that I’m sweet, and what am I doing with such a salty kinda guy?
But I don’t want to wreck her dreams,
So I hold within
Myself the secret grains of salt that I have hidden
Beneath my silky smooth skin.

When we meet, I always hug you;
Slip into your nooks and melt into your crannies
Because when we’re together,
I feel like the other side of me has been put back,
Like I am made complete.
Even if it’s only for half a day,
I know that this bond we share is real:
Sticky and joining us together,
Leaving small reminders, even as we part.

What a perfect “Tributary” for Valentine’s Day. You can read the original here.

February 10, 2013

I See the Moon
Miss Katie Ness writes in to say:

I am a 27 year old mixed media artist from the UK who works with video art, Arabic dance, illustration, sensory room installations, poetry, collage and much more. I enjoy making children’s book illustrations, embellishing my costumes with broken jewellery and old pieces of junk and painting Henna patterns on my hands. Art and Belly Dance make me happy and my ambition life is to become an expressive arts therapist to help others express their emotions through art. This illustration was inspired by your song/poem about the moon…

What a lovely illustration.  She’s talking about the first few lines of “Astronaut” which go:

I see the Moon, the Moon sees me.
the Moon sees somebody that I don’t see.
God bless the Moon and God bless me.
And God bless the somebody that I don’t see.
If I get to Heaven before you do
I’ll make a hole and pull you through.
And I’ll write your name on every star,
that way the world won’t seem so far.

I didn’t actually write those words, they are from an old children’s song. But I did make up the melody that I sing it to. You can click here to watch the video of Astronaut. You should also check out Katie’s website for more of her work!

January 25, 2013

Universe EtchThis is Lily Xu, a student at Cate School who designed an alternative book cover for “B” for her art class. She etched the entire thing! Click below to see it close up.

January 21, 2013

The Wrong Time Zone
The mysterious “Bellevoix” is at it again. This watercolor makes reference to a line in the poem “When Love Arrives” that I perform with Phil. It’s one of the lines that is most personal for me, and this image is lovely in a melancholy way.

January 20, 2013

Pillow Poems
I love when people get arts-n-crafty. Here’s an awesome project “Torinay” made. What’s funny to me, is that I always say the line, “no matter how many times it is swept away” when I perform the poem. But Torinay, like many folks, like the version with “sent” away better. She says:

“One of my favorite quotes written on a pillow case… A line from the poem “B” by Sarah Kay.”

Lung PaintingHere’s another water color by the anonymous artist at “Bellevoix.” This one is also from a line in “B.” If you click the image, you can see it in its original context.

January 19, 2013

Someone painted/drew this portrait of me. I like the color scheme. I like that it’s labelled as a “doodle.” Click the image to see it on its original site.