Why the name “Kitchen Sink”?

kitchen sink with a hand holding a pink towel on the side

Many of you asked: How did the name Kitchen Sink come to be? What’s the meaning behind it?

Initially, after we had gathered our team, we were taking suggestions for naming the journal. The top two picks then were ‘Seafoam’ and ‘Porcelain Forest’. While those names are beautiful in their own right, they were missing something. Some fundamental essence of poetry was just not there, but we couldn’t pinpoint what it was.

What followed next is what can only be described as a joke-turned-happy-accident.

One of our members asked everyone for better suggestions and said, “We’ll consider all the names, even ones as random and obscure as Kitchen Sink.”

And as fate would have it, our dysfunctional Gen Z poets latched on to it. The name brought up infinite layers of meaning to expound those two words.

As the dominoes started to fall, each person shared their unique kitchen sink tales. One member talked about writing poems on a melancholy night in front of their kitchen sink. Another mentioned how kitchen sinks have seen us at all points of our lives, from rock bottoms to soaring highs. Pop culture references began tumbling out fast and before long, everyone unanimously voted the name Kitchen Sink.

So, why did a name as strange as Kitchen Sink click with everyone? It’s because it had something other fancier names simply did not: the ability to connect. Art – in every shape and form – has the profound power to touch people’s lives and to make them feel a shred of emotion in this apathetic world. We turn to music, movies, books, and poetry each time we are compelled to feel. That art can make anyone – rich and poor, young and old – feel the pang of yearning, the grief of loneliness and the rush of joy is what gives art so much of its beauty.

Kitchen Sink intends to do the same with our poetry.

2 thoughts on “Why the name “Kitchen Sink”?

  1. I thought the name had something to do with ‘Kitchen Sink’ by Twenty One Pilots XD

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