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Review: The Type by Sarah Kay


  • Publishing date: February, 9th 2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Other notable works:
      1. B.
      2. No Matter the Wreckage
  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • ISBN 13: 9780316386609 


Sarah Kay’s powerful spoken word poetry performances have gone viral, with more than 10 million online views and thousands more in global live audiences. In her second single-poem volume, Kay takes readers along a lyrical road toward empowerment, exploring the promise and complicated reality of being a woman. 

Yesterday, I wrote about what I think poetry is, what makes a poem a poem and why they are important forms of literary art.

Today I am literally going to bombard you with all the reasons why you NEED to buy this poem.


So, The Type is written by poet Sarah Kay. She is an American woman who went to Brown University and is the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E. a program that encourages people to use the spoken-word as a tool to inspire others. Sarah Kay focuses to delivering spoken-word poetry however, she has published a small number of poems like B. which, has also been illustrated by Sophia Janowitz.

I love this poem (The Type) because of the way Kay has laid out her choice of words. I love her ode to love, men and feminism. I love the way this poem ultimately tells you that a man doesn’t own you. That you have a choice. That a real man would let you be you and love you for it and not because, you’re an idea, a picture, an answer.

My favourite quote from this poem is this:

“You are a woman. Skin and bones. Veins and nerves. Hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies. Not excuses.”

I hope you decide to pick up a copy of this. You can find it at various places such as, all Amazon  sites, Book Depository, Goodreads and NetGalley.


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