Book Review: “B” by Sarah Kay

Book Reviews
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Sarah Kay, Sophia Janowitz (Illustrator)
The Domino Project
November 29, 2011
48 pages

In 2011, Sarah Kay performed her poem "B" at the TED conference in Long Beach, California to standing ovations. Now the video of that performance has been forwarded to mothers and daughters (and fathers and sons) all over the world.

Originally written in 2007, "B" is a thank you note, a love letter, a wish, a promise, a confession, and a secret. With beautiful illustrations by Sophia Janowitz, "B" is finally available in this whimsical, magical book.

I love watching TED talk videos, and I love reading too. Since I watched Sarah Kay’s TED Talk video conference when she performed “If I should have a daughter”, I really fell in love, and I watched it many times. Then that time, I decided to read the published poetry book based on the TED talk conference, and after reading it… I fell in love more.

I’m not a fan of poetry, I tried many times to read poetry books, but it doesn’t really get my attention and my heart. Well, there were few, but now, I didn’t remember anything. I tried and searched for that poem that can really moved me. And at that time, I gave up, and I just focused myself in reading novels instead.

But since I watched Sarah Kay’s performance and after I read it, I can’t express in an appropriate words how it warmed my heart. How I read it many times, how I know the exact sound when Sarah speak those words while I read the book. No poetry book can make it except “B”.

Here are my favorites:

“There is hurt here that cannot be fixed by band-aids or poetry.”

“…Because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers, your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal.”

“But I want her to know that 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.”

If I should have a daughter… I will read this poem to her. And I will tell her that this poetry book really touched my heart and my life.

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