Dearly Beloved

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A love letter to someone you can never marry


Poetry gains in power when it is read or spoken. So much of a poem's sound, rhythm and emotion can depend on the human voice.

Spoken word poetry, unlike written poetry, is actually meant to be performed rather than published, and can often be spontaneous. Here, spoken word poet Sarah Kay performs a piece based on her recent visit to India, where she was asked to dictate a love letter.

Kay was performing at Acumen Fund's *spark! event, a benefit hosted by Acumen's New York chapter. *spark! talks share stories of inspiring individuals igniting change around the world.

Kay is the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E., a national movement that celebrates and inspires youth self-expression through Spoken Word poetry. She has also appeared as a speaker on TED.


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