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Sarah Kay's 'The Type': A Poem for the Woman

Halllllowwww fabulous readers! Welcome to the weekend and y’all know what the weekend is all about! Reviews!
I’ve been away for some time and first, I have to thank the terrible Glo Network for that and in fact, I have decided that after this sub finishes, no more Glo! Where’s the pride when the network slows instead of glows? ?

Birthday selfie

Second, it was my birthday last week and it was a rollercoaster of emotions. Even though I had to work that day, I still managed to take some selfies. It was a very rough and traumatic old year but thank God that above all, I am what I am by His Grace?. 

So, three weeks ago, I received a parcel of books from a fellow Writer and a Sister as healing gifts all the way from NY and this parcel had a total of 13 books in it and I can categorically say that 4 books are down outta of 13! And I want to use this medium again to say a very big thank you to Oyindamola Shoola for this very rare and kind gesture. There is one thing I always say, friends who invest in your healing are keepers. 



Posing with Oyindamola’s latest book

Having established that, I’ve also decided to do a review of each of these books and today, I’m starting with Sarah Kay’s The Type!

Title: The Type
Genre: Poetry
Author: Sarah Kay
Publisher: Hachette books
Year of Publication: 2016
Number of Pages: 23
ISBN: 978-0-316-38660-9
This particular book is all about identity and taking control of it. 


Sarah Kay emphasizes that the choice to be defined solely belongs to her alone 
If you grow up the type of woman

men want to look at
You can let them look at you.

. . . and never up to another person. She simply says that the definition of the woman should not be looked at through the eye of the man.

Do not spend time wondering if you are
The type of woman men will hurt

This poetry is a clarion call, an awakening addressing a social topic of women objectification and stereotyping, sexuality and gender equality. 
This is a call to the woman to defy the pattern and create what her definition of right, wrong and limitation is.

It is hard to stop loving the ocean 
Even after it has left you gasping, salty.
Forgive yourself for the decisions you have
made,
the ones you still call
mistakes when you tuck them in at night. . .
__________
Let the statues crumble
You have always been the place




Reservations: A lot! Because honestly speaking, I was dumbfounded to discover that the whole of the book was 1 poem spread all through the 23 pages. Like really! Cos I want to believe this book must have cost a fortune and if that’s right was she trying to be creative with having just 1 poem spread through the book? I think this is a poem that could have effortlessly made it into a collection of her poems like Still I Rise of Maya Angelou you know and it could have just been left a spoken word poetry because I actually watched her read this poem on YouTube. So what is it? A great financial move? Or was she just trying to showcase the skills of the illustrator with all the drawings? But whatever the reason may be, the poem was a good one.
Rating: Yea, I’m giving this book a 5 out of 10 because of the reservation only! Why a book?
And that’s all for the weekend guys! Do enjoy what’s left of the weekend! Till Monday???
~ ©Ibukunwrites. 2017.

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8 Comments

  • Gavin Longy

    Hi Ebukun, enjoyed this post, I enjoy poetry and like heading about new authors. I liked the extract about forgiving your mistakes, something I need to do more of. The way Sarah Kay writes gives me goose bumps, I love that style. Interesting you mention Maya Angelou, she is inspirational, I was in a bookshop recently looking for her poems and a lady was looking at one of her books, she nearly fell over when I said she should buy it, don’t men read her?? I bought a book of her poems for my daughter. I find Still I rise so moving, I have heard it read by Serena Williams and it was electric, she spoke of how it motivated her. I grew up reading Wilfred Owen and other war poets. So descriptive. I will check out Sarah Kay after your review. Happy birthday too, always a special day.

    • Ebukun Gbemisola Ogunyemi

      Awww Gavin! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and again for enjoying this post. I must say your daughter is so fortunate to have a Dad like you who’s got great dibs for poetry and amazing ones at that! Thanks for always dropping by! Looking forward to more! Hope you got the book already?

  • Gavin Longy

    Hi Ebukun, enjoyed this post, I enjoy poetry and like heading about new authors. I liked the extract about forgiving your mistakes, something I need to do more of. The way Sarah Kay writes gives me goose bumps, I love that style. Interesting you mention Maya Angelou, she is inspirational, I was in a bookshop recently looking for her poems and a lady was looking at one of her books, she nearly fell over when I said she should buy it, don’t men read her?? I bought a book of her poems for my daughter. I find Still I rise so moving, I have heard it read by Serena Williams and it was electric, she spoke of how it motivated her. I grew up reading Wilfred Owen and other war poets. So descriptive. I will check out Sarah Kay after your review. Happy birthday too, always a special day.

    • Ebukun Gbemisola Ogunyemi

      Awww Gavin! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and again for enjoying this post. I must say your daughter is so fortunate to have a Dad like you who’s got great dibs for poetry and amazing ones at that! Thanks for always dropping by! Looking forward to more! Hope you got the book already?

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