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Feature: Mental Health by Yrsa Daley-Ward

This spoken word piece by Yrsa Daley-Ward continues to be one of the most compelling spoken word performances in my life. I adore the way music plays second-lead, complementing the poetry and also shaping space around the words so they can expand and impact.

Look for your self
because it never helps to hear from anyone else. 

I was never particularly drawn to spoken word until hearing this track. I remember the feeling of holding my breath, of other sounds falling into the velvet of white noise and Daley-Ward’s voice coming almost from inside my chest. It was arresting, that first time.

even in the rain
even in the snow

Every listen since moves me in a different way.

Find Yrsa Daley-Ward on Instagram, Twitter and her book, Bone.

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Jasmine is an editor, poet, and community arts organizer. She comes to poetry by way of Chinese music. This blog is a mapping of ways.

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