5 Incredible Quotes About Family From Spoken Word Artists


“Yes, we are our fathers’ sons and daughters, but we are not their choices. For despite their absences we are still here. Still alive, still breathing, 
with the power to change this world, one little boy and girl at a time.”

-Daniel Beaty, Knock Knock

“This, this is about my own some-day daughter. When you approach me, already stung-stayed with insecurity, begging, ‘Mom, will I be pretty? Will I be pretty?’ I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap lipstick and answer, ‘No! The word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be, and no child of mine will be contained in five letters.

“You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing. But you, will never be merely pretty
-Katie Makkai, Pretty

“You are my favorite stick of dynamite. You are the opposite of a rubber band. There are so many things I would tell you if you thought that I would listen and so many more that you would tell me if you believed I would understand”
-Sarah Kay, Brother

“So the rest of the poem is none of your business. It’s not. It was a Valentine’s gift for my sister back in February. But I will say that she and I don’t talk much anymore. I’m not sure why. Maybe her husband got drunk one night and accidentally ate part of our relationship. But I’m lucky I guess, I still have the number of the very first person I ever adored.”
-Rives, Op-Talk

“My mother is in Arizona. My mother is in Afghanistan. My mother is in Iraq. My mother is in Palestine. I love my mother. Though at times we don’t find language to share, I defend her right to exist.”
Kevin Koval, Family Fued