Amanda Dettmann '20, English major

"B"
by Sarah Kay

Watch poet Sarah Kay recite her poem, “B”

"B" is the poem that helped me find my voice. After watching Sarah Kay perform this during a Ted Talk, my entire attitude about poetry shifted. Poetry was not some old man wearing a black beret and sipping wine in solitude. Poetry didn't have to contain a thousand "thous" or sit on the page. It could be spoken, performed, dynamic, and raw. "B" inspired me to perform slam poems in my state, enter poetry competitions, and even write my own poetry book. I can now stand up to speak in front of an audience of 1,000 because I believe in myself.

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