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B - Sarah Kay, Sophia Janowitz The piece is a spoken word piece, but published in written form with illustrations as well. Short, charming, moving. Numerous videos are available online of the author performing the work, such as the one that probably got her most of the attention, at a TED talk. I both listened to the performance and read the written version, and while the illustrations are indeed charming, in written form the piece pales to it's performance, which is clearly polished and refined through frequent recitation. The spoken version is moving and compelling, while the published version seems sparse on the page. The illustrations are nice, and advance the narrative of the work, but aren't compelling or terribly evocative past the subject matter assigned to them. I'd recommend listening to the author perform this work rather than the written version.